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Delivering Emotions

Delivering Emotions Opinion A PIECE OF MY MIND “Becca, push a little more. Come on. You can do this,” “You did everything you could for these babies. You Elizabeth Corey, MD, MPH I said softly, encouraging the mother to deliver. I did nothing wrong and you are staying so strong. I’m University of Illinois tried to focus on the task at hand. By doing so, I could proud of you.” My words lingered in the room as the at Chicago, push my emotions deep within me. Because if I thought woman’s face warped from heartbreaking sadness to ex- Chicago, Illinois. about the details surrounding Becca’s current circum- cruciating pain. stances, I knew I might start to cry. “Stay strong,” I then “It’s coming!” she screamed. The nurse and I said, for both of us. Keep it together, I muttered coached her through pushing. The baby delivered and to myself. I clamped and cut the cord. The parents, not yet emo- Then the baby came. A small struggle to live en- tionally ready to look at their babies, hugged each other and sobbed. sued. Small movements. Kicking. Hand waving. Barely distinguishable.Thelungshadnotyetdeveloped.Atonly We strove to provide this baby with an equally dig- 20 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Delivering Emotions

JAMA , Volume 318 (9) – Sep 5, 2017

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2017 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2017.7129
pmid
28873165
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Abstract

Opinion A PIECE OF MY MIND “Becca, push a little more. Come on. You can do this,” “You did everything you could for these babies. You Elizabeth Corey, MD, MPH I said softly, encouraging the mother to deliver. I did nothing wrong and you are staying so strong. I’m University of Illinois tried to focus on the task at hand. By doing so, I could proud of you.” My words lingered in the room as the at Chicago, push my emotions deep within me. Because if I thought woman’s face warped from heartbreaking sadness to ex- Chicago, Illinois. about the details surrounding Becca’s current circum- cruciating pain. stances, I knew I might start to cry. “Stay strong,” I then “It’s coming!” she screamed. The nurse and I said, for both of us. Keep it together, I muttered coached her through pushing. The baby delivered and to myself. I clamped and cut the cord. The parents, not yet emo- Then the baby came. A small struggle to live en- tionally ready to look at their babies, hugged each other and sobbed. sued. Small movements. Kicking. Hand waving. Barely distinguishable.Thelungshadnotyetdeveloped.Atonly We strove to provide this baby with an equally dig- 20

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Published: Sep 5, 2017

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