Acceptance Tests in the Delivery Room

My wife gave birth to a healthy baby girl last Thursday at 6:18 am.

Before I write another line I feel the need to say something to the women readers of these posts:
There’s a reason God put you in charge of delivering babies, we men simply don’t have the guts to do it as well as you do!

Since this was my second time as a Dad on the Delivery Room, I was able to pay more attention at the things going on around me (instead of worrying like crazy and standing in the way of all the people trying to do their jobs…)

I took special care to understand what the Delivery Nurse (who does most of the work there) did before, during and after the delivery itself.

Acceptance tests -stork w baby

My biggest surprise came when, after the birth was done and the nurse was documenting all the important stuff in the computer, I saw her typing down numbers under a section titled “APGAR Test Results”.

Being a Tester I had to understand what the numbers meant.
So, very discretely I approached her and asked for more details on the meaning of the Tests and their results. To tell the truth I didn’t understand what she did, but after I got home and slept for a couple of hours I turned to good-old Wikipedia.

In short the APGAR is very quick test performed by the Nurse or Doctor one minute and five minutes after the birth itself, they go over the 5 more basic and important things (skin color, pulse rate, reflexes, muscle tone, and breathing) and serve as a first indication of the general health of the baby.

This sounds pretty much like a kind of Smoke-Acceptance Test run on the Baby just after delivery.
They even have clearly defined pass criteria and fail criteria.

Who would have thought that even a project such as Pregnancy and Birth would have an Acceptance Test at its completion… :o)

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4 Responses to Acceptance Tests in the Delivery Room

  1. Philk March 9, 2009 at 7:57 pm #

    Congrats – hope mum, dad and baby are all doing well

  2. Joel Montvelisky March 9, 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    Thanks Phil,
    Mom, baby, little brother and dad are doing fine :o)

  3. Boulderdash March 10, 2009 at 10:38 pm #

    Congratulations !!!

  4. Joel Montvelisky March 11, 2009 at 5:40 pm #

    Thanks Boulderdash!

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