Now, I can cross another ridiculous, "only in the ER" experience off my list.
Last night, as I was killing time by stocking an IV cart, I saw a nurse run towards the waiting room with our OB kit. My interest piqued, I followed him outside to discover a woman giving birth to her child in the backseat of a car idling in the parking lot.
With the engine running and a small crowd forming at the waiting room windows, a nurse crouched down and delivered the baby as more ER staff poured out into the lot. Having been one of the first to arrive, and thus close to the action, I was able to clamp the umbilical cord before both Mom and Baby were hoisted onto a stretcher and rushed inside.
Talk about a rush. Admittedly, I played a small role in the affair, but it nevertheless remains one of the coolest experiences I've ever been a part of. Happily, both Mom and Baby are doing well.
Needless to say, though, anything else that happened for the rest of the night was a bit of a let-down.