Sunday, May 20, 2012

In memory of baby Grayson James Walker, by Amanda Trujillo, MSN, RN - #nurseup #Amandatrujillo #nursefriendly

In memory of baby Grayson James Walker

Reprinted by permission of Amanda Trujillo, MSN, RN:


I learned of this story on the news because apparently Facebook suspended baby Grayson’s mother’s account for posting the pictures she had of her son at birth. Grayson was born with anencephaly. He lived for 8 hours and passed in the arms of both of his parents and surrounded by the nursing staff. Grayson’s family celebrated his arrival into this world as well as his transition out of the world with such beauty, grace, and love. His mother documents her pregnancy, her delivery, and the day they spent with their angel here. It was his mother’s wish that Grayson James Walker’s memory continues to endure in the hearts of others, that his courageous 8 hours of life in their midst be remembered. As  a mother, I’m more than happy to do my part here on this blog in honor of her angel, a salute to her strength,  her bravery and grace, and in great respect of labor and delivery nurses everywhere who take the risk everyday they go to work not knowing whether they might be a part of something so difficult, so emotionally overwhelming—but equally as beautiful– as helping a family not only welcome life but to help them say goodbye in the most memorable way they know how. I knew early on in nursing school that I was not cut out for mom and baby nursing—for just this reason. I would always want everything to be sweet perfection and bliss, Id never ever want sadness or tragedy or anything less than everyone going home healthy and full of life. Labor and Delivery nurses accept that life can’t always be this way and I really don’t know where they get the bravery to do what they do. I continue to be in awe of the strength they possess to face their workday with the knowledge that there exists just the “chance” something could go awry and that nature, at times, has other plans for us. In many ways I have viewed them as superhuman because not just anybody can do what they do……



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