60. Discover a hidden talent
Completed May 2000
When my sister was pregnant with my nephew, she asked me to come along to the birthing classes. Her husband at the time was in the Navy and there was always the chance that he would be overseas when the time came for the baby to be born.
The woman who taught the class was excellent. She stressed that we, as the coaches to the laboring mother, were in charge of her. We were in charge of telling the doctors and nurses that the mommy was having a contraction, so right now was not a good time to check how far she was dilated or change the sheets on the bed.
I was a little nervous about that. I’ve never been a very assertive person. I wondered if I would really have to boss around doctors and nurses and how they would deal with that.
But when the time came, I did it. I didn’t even think about it. I held my sister’s hand and made sure that she was breathing and concentrating. I helped her out a lot. I was really good at it. The nurses asked me how many children I had. When I told them none, they said, “Oh, are you a nurse too?”
I had no idea that I would be so good at helping my sister through labor. I even considered becoming a midwife after that experience.