Although quite exhausted after an intensive spring working as a senior lecturer and section manager at our institution, I know that I always get new energy when I return to my former working site- the neonatal intensive care unit. This was the first time that I have not been able to take any extra shifts during the year, so it was a one-year come-back.
Except that the shifts give me a personal satisfaction they also increase my understanding of the challenges that clinicians in the childbirth care face today. Despite high childbirth rates in the region, the lack of sufficient access to qualified nurses and physicians has brought considerable consequences for the organization this summer. However, I try to not focus on these circumstances. Instead I allow myself to enjoy the encounters with the newborn babies and not the least their parents. The feeling of providing emotional and practical support to new parents, so worried about their baby’s health and in a vulnerable transitional phase to parenthood, is so fulfilling! It is that feeling that gives me new energy. Just being in this childbearing environment is also so worthwhile.
I really hope that I will be able to get this “ clinical dose” in the future, for my own satisfaction but not the least for what the experience brings to my academic work.