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WhenIwokeuplaterthatsameFridaymorning,thefirstthingIheardbetweenthehummingof diagnosticmachinesandthebeepingofheartmonitorswasthesoftcooingofanewbornbaby comingfromsomewhereintheroom.So,myfirstthoughtwasthatIhadsomehowsleptthrough theentirebirth. But,fortunatelyforme,thebabywhichwasinourroomwasnotourson,butmerelyavisitor whilethenursestoppedbytocheckonTheresasprogress. Notmuchhadhappenedsincewearrivedatthehospitalatalittleafter2a.m.inthemorning. Theresahadbeenadmittedintothehospital,thenusheredupstairswherewewereassigneda bedinatriageroom.AnursearrivedtocheckTheresaout.ShequietlyconfirmedthatTheresas waterhadbroke,andatthatpointitlookedlikewewereinforalongstay. WeweremovedintoalaboranddeliveryroomwhereTheresawascheckedrepeatedlybythe nurse.Thenursesaidthatthedoctoroncallwasconsideringinducinglabor,butfirstwantedto trytomovethingsalongmorenaturally.So,Theresawasinstructedtotrywalkingforalittlebitto seeifthatwouldhelpwithherprogress. Atfirst,thewalkwasquiteinteresting.Look,apainting!Hmm,whatsonTVinthewaitingroom? Oh,cute,picturesofbabies!Then,aswesawthesamedecor,andthesamerooms,things startedtogetalittleduller.Thatpaintinghasdustonit.WhyisnttheTVinthewaitingroomaflat screen?ThatbabyinthemiddlelookslikeDonKnotts. IturnedtoTheresa,andsuggestedthatwereversetheorderinwhichwewalkedthehallways. Babies.Paintings.WaitingRoom. Aswepassedthenurseryforthefifteenthtime,wedidseesomethinginterestinghappeningin thenursery.ThenurseryisprobablythebrightestspotintheBirthingCenter,giventhefactthat therearealmostalwaysserenelookingnewbornssleepingthere. Ourattentionwasdrawntoanotsoserenenewbornwhowassurroundedbytwonursesand crying.Asweglancedoverthere,webothsawalittlestreamofyellowfluidshootoutofhimand hitoneofthenurses.Later,wewereaskedifwehadseenithappen,andtoldthatatthetimethe nursewhowashithadbeensayingthatshewishedthatthebabywouldfinallypee.Certainlya caseofneedingtobecarefulofwhatyouwishfor. TheresawasgrowingtiredofourwalksaroundtheBirthingCenter,soweheadedbacktoour room.Theresatriedtogetcomfortable,tellingmethatshemostlyjustwantedtosleep.Icouldnt arguewithher,becausesleepsoundedinanyformsoundedreallygood.WhileTheresawas tiedtoherbedbytubesandwires,Ihadthechoiceofsleepingineitherthemuchtooshort couch,ortherecliningchairthatsqueakedwhenyoumovedinitanddidntlockintoareclining position.Ichosetherecliningchair. ThatswhereIwaswhenIheardthecommotioncomingfromthedoortoourroom.Thenurse hadwheeledinoneofthenewbornsshewaswatchingtomakesurethathedidntspitupwhile shewascheckingonTheresa.Herprognosiswasthattherewasntmuchchange.Sheinformed usthatweweregoingtogothroughashiftchangesoon,whichmeantweweregoingtobe

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