Warner Robins nurse reflects on career spent welcoming new moms

Supporting new moms in first moments

There are all kinds of mothers and we honor them all on Mother's Day.

Jacob Reynolds talked to someone who sees new moms every day in their very first moments on the job.

Michele Cummings started helping new moms at the Houston Medical Center 16 years ago.

She says seeing the first moments between mother and baby never gets old.

“It's amazing, it's life-changing, to see that mom reach down and grab her baby for the first time, to see their baby live in living color. It's...it's amazing,” Cummings said.

As a labor and delivery nurse, Cummings helps women like Raquel Williams.

Williams brought Rameek, named after his father, into the world last Tuesday.


She laughed when we asked if she ever wanted to put him down after picking him up the first time.

She says being a new mom couldn’t be put into words.

“It just was, I can't even explain it; it was just overwhelming,” Williams said.


Cummings says nursing allows to her bond with patients during one of their most precious moments in life.

“I can share my experiences with them because motherhood definitely is the hardest job there is and the most rewarding at the same time,” she said.

Her own experiences delivering her two children, now in college, pushed her to pursue her lifelong dream.

“I knew as a child that I wanted to be a nurse but when I delivered my child and received the care that I did here I knew that this is what I wanted to do,” Cummings said.

Cummings first started as a cardiac nurse before working with moms and babies.

Now, she says labor and delivery has been her favorite job so far.

After all the years of deliveries, she's offers this advice for new mothers.

“Be patient with yourself, you're not going to know everything the very first day, and that's what we're here for,” Cummings said.

And for moms like Raquel on her first Mother’s Day, she says she is ready. 

“I'm up for a challenge, there's nothing I can't handle,” Williams said.

Cummings says she’ll still be there at the hospital, her breath taken away as she helps new lives take their first.

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