This is a true story from my otherwise uneventful Monday night. I was driving my 4 year old daughter home from swim lessons and planned to stop at Taco Bell, her current favorite, for dinner afterwards. After I parked, I realized I forgot my wallet at home but luckily I did have my cell phone. … Continue reading A Humbling Night at Taco Bell
Is there truly a best time to be pregnant, have a baby, and care for a newborn during a medical career? I’ve done the groundwork by having a baby in residency and two more as an attending. Here is what I found out along the way. Is it even possible to have a baby during… Continue reading Best Time to Have a Baby as a Physician? It Depends.
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
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