Jake Quickenden

Jake Quickenden gave us some sick advice before I left. He told me to be myself, have fun and don’t be a wimp in the trials. He also said don’t fall asleep during the day because people don’t like watching you sleep – unless they’re weirdos. He’s a great guy and smashed it in there, so I’ll take his tips on board!

He went in as a normal lad and was himself. He was so grateful for the opportunity and just got stuck in. He was a real team player.

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Developing your birth plan will not only help your team know your wishes, it will also help you work through the various scenarios related to delivery and postdelivery, so you feel better prepared. Whether you’re in an antenatal unit, on a maternity floor, or in a regular room, hospital life can be an eye opener. Everyone around you is there because they are ill, are in labor, or their baby is at risk. While there are many happy endings and a few miracle babies, unfortunately not all outcomes are good. There is no preparing for hospital life. Some of it is exciting, such as hearing a mother in labor then hearing her baby’s first cry; other events can be traumatic, such as hearing a code blue (cardiac or respiratory distress) being called over the PA system. I debated if I should include this section in the book, but I thought it would be a disservice not to as I was completely unprepared for the complexities of hospital life when I first entered the hospital. Hospital life is loud. There are monitors beeping, patients buzzing for the nurse, conversations in hallways, and announcements on the intercom. While you do get used to this noise after awhile, it is still disruptive.

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