Those 24 hours after birth are tender in more ways than you ever expected. The emotions from holding your newborn mixed with the raw pain your body is still processing -- you're vulnerable in a way you've probably never been before.
Perhaps that's why blogger Jill Krause's tender post dedicated to the nurses who help you in those extremely vulnerable moments has gone viral.
"I'll never forget the faces of the nurses who followed me into the bathroom after delivering each baby," she wrote on her Facebook page, Baby Rabies. "That moment when I was so vulnerable, so tired, scared, shaky. My swollen belly deflating, and my modesty long gone. They treated me with such kindness and dignity. For me, these have been moments of empowerment and confirmation that I have a real village to help me, even if just for that little bit of time in a bathroom, on a toilet, while a kind nurse shows me how to put an ice pad on my mesh undies. This photo by my friend MommaKT Shoots just takes me right back. Like, I can smell the Dermaplast. Let's hear it for the nurses and the doulas and anyone else who shows us how to make ice pad underwear (or helps with that first shower post c-section!)"
Thousands of moms echoed Krause's sentiments in the comments.
"Immediately after my first was born, the nurse turned to me and said, 'I know you just had a baby, but the hospital kitchen closes in 10 minutes and I can score you some chicken nuggets and fries if we move fast!' I hadn't eaten in almost 24 hours. I wanted to kiss her!!" a woman named Emily wrote.
"My delivery nurse grabbed my cellphone without me asking and snapped pictures of my boyfriend and I when they first put the baby on my chest. It was honestly one of the sweetest things anyone could've done for me that day. I'll always be thankful for that," a woman named Isabel wrote.
And this particularly sweet one by a woman named Breeana must be mentioned:
"I'm actually sitting in recovery now from delivering a 5 pound handsome baby boy. My nurses were all I had in the room with me when it came time to push. They were my strength until my mom was able to get there. They were the ones encouraging me and letting me know how great I was doing. Without them having my son would have been a scary and painful process. So thank you ladies for all your encouragement and help after giving birth to Jordan."
Thank you to all the nurses and other women who support one another in these life-changing moments.