Most days, a labor and delivery nurse goes home smiling.
“We get to share in the happiest days of people’s lives,” said Cathy Montgomery, who is the nurse manager for labor and delivery and newborn nursery at Springs Memorial Hospital.
But there is a flip side to that happiness coin, when things go wrong and pure joy turns to unspeakable sorrow.
Those are the days when infants are stillborn or die.
“I always say we have the best job in the world or the worst,” Montgomery said.