Christie Kirkpatrick felt overwhelmed with joy and relief after she had just witnessed the miracle of birth. Bringing life into the world is something special and she took a moment to take it all in. More than that, she actually did the procedure with the same doctor who delivered her into the world.
“I’m seeing the miracle that is life for the first time, and in C-section, it’s not a traditional delivery,” Kirkpatrick said of the Aug. 27 delivery. “You just sort of see this little life pulled out from an abdomen. So I’m seeing this miracle of life for the first time. Your jaw kind of drops.”
“I’m standing across from the man who brought me into this world, and I have this sort of overwhelming sense of gratitude just to be a medical professional,” Kirkpatrick said. “The things that we do in medicine, it’s a privilege to share these moments with patients. And the fact that I’m getting to do that in my home community with the physicians that I grew up around, it was overwhelming. I had to take a moment after the surgery.”
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