Sunday ER Shift

It is always a lovely morning when I get to deliver a baby! Especially a big, chunky, beautiful baby! What a great, fresh start to my day!20140720-223429-81269463.jpg

(Photo taken and posted with permission 🙂

Life is a miracle, and at a birth I get to witness that miracle, all brand new. In that moment when a new life enters the world, her or his lungs fill with air, fresh, sweet, oxygenated air for the first time. And blood flows to their lungs–instead of bypassing from the heart to the body–for the first time. Their little miraculous bodies are adapting, changing, adjusting, waking up outside. The squeezing they endure through the birth canal signals their beings to action, to get ready for the big world, and then they take their first breath. And turn pink, and scream. 🙂 it’s amazing to be the first to hold these little beings for a moment.

I just watched this awesome video about a doctor that sings to each baby he delivers, Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja. I love his quotes! “It’s a beautiful world we live in. You forget all the crises going on everywhere for a moment when you see that miracle of life in front of you.” I borrowed from his way of celebrating and sang Happy Birthday to my new patient with his mom. 🙂

Life is a miracle
It’s a miracle every time a mother gives birth
Tell me who can say how much a child is worth
A miracle living on this planet Earth
Rotating to the rhythm of the universe
Life! More precious than the rarest stone
More valuable than silver or gold
Life! The essence is invisible,
To the scientific mind it’s impossible
Like the secret of the seed that grows into a tree
The starry galaxies remain a mystery
Oceans and the seas, the air we breathe
God knows that I believe life is a miracle.

~Pato Banton

6 thoughts on “Sunday ER Shift

  1. Your writing and thoughts and photos are all equally beautiful. It seems that you’re one hell of a doctor, too. Keep it up–nome is better for it :). A recent post of yours made me miss diomede even more then usual–hopefully you get to visit there again soon!

    babies and miracles: check out the song “Vlad the Astrophysicist” (easy to find on youtube), it’s a brilliant little bit about the universe and babies.
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    • Awww, thanks Dave! I’m sure Diomede misses you just as much! I agree–I look forward to returning there sometime soon. 🙂 How are you? How’d your summer going?

      I will have to check out the song. 🙂 I do love that part if my work so much.

      Have you been flying lately? Hope you are well!

      • I am happy as a clam–thanks for asking :). How are you?

        My summer was fantastic–lots of flying, I got an orange ukelele and learned a few chords, and finished up my license a week and a half ago 🙂

        Enjoy the pretty late-summer/early-fall colors of the seward peninsula! I done went and traded tundra for trees and mountains–I’m excited for it alright, but I’ll miss the arctic falltime colors. Keep up the great blog, it really is fun to read!
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        • For some reason I just saw this… How awesome, your summer of flying and an orange ukelele. How’s the music-making going? 🙂 Yeah, the arctic fall time colors are here and so vividly amazing! I just posted about them. And thanks for the encouragement! Same to you. 🙂

        • Wooooowwwwww!!!! Vlad the Astrophysicist…made me cry and smile at the same time. We are so small and insignificant, and yet such a miracle. 🙂

          • I’m glad you enjoyed it :). Really, one of my favorites. Any time people start talking about the possibility of life on other planets, or about how big the universe is, or about babies, I’m like “wait wait! you need to listen to this before you say anything else!!!” Wonderful fall time pictures–you have decent bit of skill with a camera! I’m glad you’re enjoying the falltime color :). Music making is going well, slowly but well.

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