By Peggy Vincent
During this attractive account of her occupation as a midwife, Vincent describes the hilarious, occasionally scary, occasions surrounding the looks of a brand new human being.
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But he’d have missed the delivery, because the baby was so close its bald head looked like a tennis ball about to be ejected from a sock. Jerry laid his head on his wife’s shoulder, wrapping her in his arms as he stared over the mound of her diminishing belly. I pressed my hand to my lips, and my eyes glittered with unshed tears. The nurse saw me and smiled like a fond auntie. I saw her catch Dr. Hammond’s eye and nod in my direction. He looked at me and then back at the nurse, and the two of them knew they’d just seen a student nurse hit by a sentimental sucker punch.
Anyway, the next day she wouldn’t remember anything. She wouldn’t remember climbing over the side rails and squatting above the wastebasket. She wouldn’t recall throwing the water pitcher at me or using cusswords she’d probably never before said aloud. She kicked and scratched and pulled out her IV, but she wouldn’t remember. Melinda finally delivered her baby, sleepy and blue-tinged from drugs. She smiled a goofy smile and thanked the doctor for a wonderful birth as I shook my head and thought, If you only knew.
Oh, my God, I need to get the doctor,” I muttered, turning away. Zelda’s claw-like fingers stopped me. Radiating heat from the sweat and passion of birth, she pushed her face close to mine and rasped, “No. Nonononono, just leave it be. You can do it. Just you. ” The blood left my face. My hands went numb as a cold stone of fear landed in my stomach. An instant one-way ticket right out of the university loomed before my eyes. But the next moment an army of nurses and doctors pushed past the curtain, propelling a stretcher ahead of them.