You might get sent home. If you show up pregnant with your first baby and it turns out you aren’t 4 cm dilated yet, you will get sent home because you aren’t in active labor. Please don’t cuss out the charge nurse. Yes, you are in pain- we aren’t denying that. However, there are… Continue reading 10 Things to Know Before You Have a Baby in the Hospital
Mother’s Day weekend is a great time to be the ob-gyn on call for deliveries at the hospital. Of course, we physicians would love to be snuggled up next to our little ones on this special day. However, the next best place to be is bedside with a woman about to become a first time… Continue reading Mother’s Day on Labor and Delivery
It was the end of my 3rd year in ob-gyn residency. I was 39 weeks pregnant with you and doing a hysterectomy, my gravid abdomen being utilized as an “extra hand” to displace the large clamp nicely to the side as I pressed my belly gently against the table. I was doing surgery all day… Continue reading Open Letter to a Child of a Doctor: To My Daughter on Her 9th Birthday
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) estimates that the U.S. will have between 6,000 and 8,800 fewer ob-gyns than needed by the year 2020. Additionally, there is a possible shortage of 22,000 by the year 2050. What is being done about this problem? Well, there are currently efforts to attempt to increase the… Continue reading Who Will be Delivering Babies in the United States in Coming Years?
He is pacing. He is nervous. This is his first baby and he is scared to death. His wife is getting settled into the delivery room with fetal monitors being applied. The nurse is asking health history questions in between her painful contractions and quickly places an IV and draws labs. The soon-to-be new Dad pretends to busy himself with setting… Continue reading When Dads Cry During the Delivery