• Brockton nurse midwife delivers 5,000th baby

    By: CORYLN VOORHEES, The Brockton Enterprise

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    BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) - As a certified nurse midwife for over 30 years, Dianne Quadros recently hit a special milestone: delivering her 5,000th baby.

    That milestone was shortly followed by another during her next labor ward shift: her first second-generation baby, after delivering a baby to a mother she had previously delivered.

    "It's great," she said. "I'm still smiling about it. It's just, I've said it so many times it's obnoxious, but I absolutely live that cliche if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life."

    Quadros, who has been a certified nurse midwife in Brockton for about 21 years, sees patients at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital and several Signature Medical Group locations. On Thursday, Oct. 24, she delivered a baby boy named Benjamin, her 5,000th baby, to parents Julie and Kevin Moynihan of Raynham.

    It was an extra special delivery, Quadros said, because not only was Benjamin her 5,000th baby delivered, but she had also delivered the couple's two other children – 4-year-old Emma and 2-year-old Grace.

    "My whole pregnancy, I was saying to her, ‘I hope you get to deliver the baby,' because you never know," Julie Moynihan said. "I could have gone in on a day she wasn't around."

    But it seemed the stars aligned for Benjamin's delivery, Moynihan said.

    "It was like a very weird coincidence," she said. "The odds of it happening were kind of small, just because how many women go into labor and go to the Brockton Hospital? The timing just had to be perfect and it was."

    Quadros was initially on call when Moynihan went into labor, but her shift ended before midnight on Wednesday and she left to get some rest. Quadros gave Moynihan her personal cell phone - which she doesn't normally do with her patients, she noted – and told Moynihan to text if she went into labor before 4 a.m. or call after that time.

    "I was just tossing and turning, just something in the back of my mind, and sure enough, she texts, I got up and came in," Quadros said. "It was great."

    After her shift that Thursday, Quadros was off for the weekend, she said. She returned to work in her office on Tuesday and when she returned to the labor floor Wednesday, she said she started off her morning with the second-generation baby milestone.

    And that delivery was also a matter of fate, she said.

    "I even could have missed that one because the patient went to one of the other doctors and he was the one who happened to be on call that day," she said. "When we were looking at the board, it was a no brainer that he would take care of her because it was his patient."

    But the mother specifically asked for her by name because she knew Quadros had delivered her, Quadros said.

    "If it wasn't for the mother, (the doctor) would have done the delivery and he wouldn't have known that it would have been special for me," Quadros said. "It sort of is neat because the daughter, she said, ‘I'm so glad you got to deliver me because my mother talks about you all the time.'"

    Through her role, Quadros said she feels like she's become an integral part of the community.

    "In this community, Brockton, it's a big city, but it really is like a hometown kind of sense in that patients are loyal to the hospital," she said. "Especially with the Cape Verdean population, if I do a delivery ... I've delivered one of their cousins or nieces or brothers."

    And she gets to partake in people's life-changing moments, she said.

    "What I love about it is that when people have a baby, that's one of the highlights of their life," Quadros said. "And I get paid to be a part of that. That's just - how could I have a better job?"

    But it's not all fun and games when it comes to catching a baby, she said.

    "When everything is going good, it's great," she said. "Sometimes, things don't go as good and that's when it can be very stressful and difficult. That's why you have to keep on your toes and you have to continue to assess and reassess and verify things are going as they should and if they're not, you're on top of it ... It doesn't get old because it keeps changing. It's never the same and every single birth is different and you have to be ready for the unexpected."

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