When she graduated from MCC last May, Keriann Siebring had a general idea of her future plans going forward. But there is no way she saw this coming.
This past summer, Keriann traveled to the Middle East to visit her sister, Andrea, who was expecting a baby. Andrea, her husband, and daughter have lived there since March of 2012. Keriann was with her sister when she had her first child and wanted to be there for her again. However, this time would be a much different experience.
"I had just finished knitting a washcloth for my future niece, when my brother-in-law told me labor had started," Keriann said. "We planned to go to the hospital, but didn't make it in time. I had about four pots of water on the stove, and once they were boiling I would pour it in the tub with her. All of a sudden I saw the baby's head, and without thinking I stepped into the birthing pool and got into position.
Keriann Siebring (right) stands with her sister Andrea, her brother-in-law Paul, and their newborn baby Lydia Kerilee, just after the delivery.
"My instincts completely took over. My sister said, 'what's happening', and I said, 'The baby is coming! Just try to push.' Seconds later, my niece was in my hands. We went to the hospital at 4 a.m. and I was on such an adrenaline high that it didn't phase me at all."
Keriann said she used many of the skills she learned in school to ensure a successful delivery. She added that her instructor, Ann Ersland, especially helped her prepare for this experience.
"Many of the things she taught us in class I remembered at the time I most needed it. I can remember visualizing what it would be like to deliver a baby in an emergency situation, and how I would react."
MCC's nursing program takes pride in preparing its students for real world situations like the one Keriann found herself in, and it shows in their NCLEX licensure exam passage rates. MCC's Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) graduates had 100 percent board passage rates in 2010 and 2012. Practical nursing students achieved 100 percent board passage rates in both 2011 and 2012.
Keriann is currently a nurse at Iowa River Hospice, and taking online classes to work towards her Bachelors Degree in Nursing (BSN). The classes are online through MCC, until she is admitted into a BSN program. The 2013 MCC graduate plans on getting married in June and working at Mercy Hospital in Mason City, where her fianc is a youth minister.
"I feel so blessed to have been a part of this situation. I think my sister fears this may have scarred me for life, but I'm so happy that I was able to be a part of it. What a special bonding moment to have with my sister and niece. My only worry now is that this is the most exciting experience I will have in my life. I feel like that's as good as it will get, and that I wont have any other experience that will top this!"