by Elizabeth DePompei
Before his first time in an operating room, a nervous 18-year-old Steven Kleeman hit the vending machines. He was aware of how often first-timer scrub techs got sick during labor and delivery, but fear took over his senses. Two sandwiches later, he was witnessing a cesarean section and the wonder of birth.
But he couldn’t deny the rush that he felt after that first day in the O.R. — a feeling he remembers vividly: “You see someone pregnant, but you don’t see the baby, and all of the sudden there’s this baby."