Many of workers in the labor and the delivery unit at Hutcheson Medical Center had been there long enough to watch the babies they delivered return to have babies of their own.

The unit is a like a family, knitted with bonds forged through the blood, sweat and tears -- and laughter -- that come from working with newborns and witnessing some of the most powerful moments in people's lives: The awe on a new parent's face when she's handed the little bundle in the white blanket; agonizing hours in the neonatal intensive care unit; the loss of a child.

It was a job, but as one nurse described it, "It was like magic, being there for childbirth."

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