About Me

My name is Jen Hathorn. I'm a family medicine physician. Since January 2015 I have been living in Egbe Nigeria, which is in Kogi State. I am serving at a bush hospital practicing full spectrum family medicine. I am working with an organization called World Medical Mission which is a part of Samaritan's Purse. This blog is my place to stay connected with you through stories, meditations and pictures. I hope that you enjoy reading the posts!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Release Your Baby!

Crazy things happen in the delivery room! Just the other night, after struggling for 2 hours with a first time mother to push out her child, the resident doctor and I were able to deliver the baby with the assist of a vacuum. As the head was being delivered I saw that the umbilical cord was wrapped tightly around the newborn’s neck so in one smooth motion I delivered the rest of the body and placed the infant on the mother’s abdomen to reduce the cord. However in a fit of adrenaline and confusion, the mother grabbed the newborn and started pulling him up away from me. Yelling at her to let go so that I could remove the cord that was strangulating her child, she froze, completely overcome and clearly not thinking straight. “Let go of your baby! Release him!” She kept pulling him away from me even as I yelled and pulled him back. Finally I was able to dislodge the baby from the mother’s grip and quickly removed the cord, clamped and cut it. As I took him to the warmer to examine him, he was a little stunned from all of the drama and so was I. Thankfully both he and I perked right up and in a short amount of time he was laying comfortably in his mothers arms and I was joking with her about her reaction. Truly the delivery room is a crazy place! While telling my college about the incident she shared her own story that happened last night. She said that one of the laboring patients became so hysterical with the pain of trying to deliver her baby she became almost psychotic. She didn’t recognize her husband, was yelling like a possessed women at the nurses, lashing out at them and kicking them and was standing up on the delivery bed instead of laying there to push. Of course she calmed down wonderfully as soon as the infant was delivered and miraculously returned to her normal state of mind. So, again I say, crazy things happen in the delivery room — it’s not a place for the faint of heart! 

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