My OB clinical last week was quite eventful – I got to watch a birth and it was a really neat experience. I was apprehensive and nervous when my clinical instructor told me I would be watching a birth that day. He took me up to the floor and left me with the nurse midwife and the nurse. When I got there the mom was already about four centimeters dilated so I wasn’t sure if I would get to see the birth because sometimes it takes a few hours.

At 10 a.m. the midwife said she thought it was time. I couldn’t believe it happened so fast – she had the epidural around 9 a.m., and within an hour and a half the beautiful baby boy was born.

This corrected all of the myths I believed about child birth. It was a very pleasant experience, and it was a meaningful experiences because I was there to witness a new life coming into the world. I was also able to observe the anesthesiologist administering the epidural, and I watched the entire birth, which was actually pretty quick. I am enjoying all of my clinical experiences so far this semester and they have been great learning experiences.

As a break from classes and studying, I’m going to New York City with some of my sorority on a trip that GU’s Activities Programming Board has planned. We’re going to see “Catch Me if You Can” on Broadway. I’m really excited — I have been dying to go back to New York, and I can’t think of a better time to go. The first time I went to New York City I was in seventh grade with my mom and some of her friends, and I loved every second of the trip. We will leave Gannon at 12:30 a.m. Saturday and arrive in NYC at about 9:30 a.m. We have free time before and after the show. We’re planning on going to China town and Little Italy, shopping, and site seeing.

Another exciting event coming up is my sorority’s formal. It is always a lot of fun and our spring formal is when a lot of our alumna come, and we get to catch up with them and meet older alumna.

Check back next month to see how the New York City trip and formal went!