Once we got to Children's hospital, we went into a big room with a bunch of doctors. The doctor that I was shadowing did a short presentation on how they could improve the care of new borns because there were still too many babies dying. This was very interesting to learn about, but it was also interesting to see all of the doctors coming together and learning.
We then headed over to Ohio State. When we first got there, we saw a few doctors heading over to an OR and they said that a mother was about to deliver a premature baby. We then hurried to dress into scrubbs so that we could get to the OR. Once I entered the OR, I was so surprised and interested at everything that was going on. The premature baby was laying on the bed and the doctors were all surrounding the baby and taking care of it. They were trying to put a tube into the baby's throat to help the baby breathe more easily. The hole that they had to put it through was so tiny, and the baby was resisting, so they were spending a lot of time on it. They decided that it wasn't urgent and that the baby was okay without it and they took the baby into the ICU. After watching this, I was extremely excited to see more. We walked around and I was able to see all of the babies in the ICU, and it was a lifechanging sight. Some of these babies were so small and underdeveloped that it was crazy to watch them breathe and live like that. Soon, I was able to watch a C-section, which was another type of surgery I could observe. This type of surgery was even more interesting to me than the knee and hip replacements that I saw because it was such an amazing thing to be able to watch a baby being born. I watched a few C-sections by the end of the day. Some of the mothers and fathers were very young, which really caught my eye. It was extremely humbling to see how quickly anyone's life could be changed like that. I also watched mothers who were in emergency C-sections. It was very hard to watch a mother so worried and stressed out about their child being okay. At one point during the day, I watched a father cry when we were pulling the baby in their cart into the ICU. He saw his parents as we were walking with the baby and began to cry because of how happy he was to finally see his daughter. Seeing this brought me so much joy. By the end of the day, I learned so many things about premature babies and what the doctors do and I was able to observe incredible life-changing things.