It was a sleepy Sunday morning in New Orleans airport. After just attending my 20 year high school reunion in the “Big Easy” I was tired, wearing comfortable travel clothes, and scrolling through my Facebook feed at the gate as we were just about to begin boarding. However, a man yelled out “someone help”… Continue reading Here’s what Southwest Airlines Did When 3 Women Ran to Assist a Passenger Having a Seizure
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
You arrive early to the office and start reviewing the schedule for the day. There it is…4 infertility consults scattered in the schedule amongst annual exams, postoperative follow ups, new obstetric patients, and “problem” visits. You know that infertility consults take much longer than the 20 minutes allotted for the appointment time. For a… Continue reading The 20 Minute Infertility Patient
There is time for recovering. I’ll be honest, I feel like the first 2 months after retiring from my career in OB/GYN were about reclaiming my life. I got a full night’s sleep. Actually, my nights were still broken up by 1 & 3 year old tears regularly (which I don’t mind so much when… Continue reading You Retired From Medicine- Now What?
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
As a medical student, I had already known I would pursue a specialty in OB/GYN prior to the new student orientation. However, many physicians and mentors recommended I keep my options open when going through clinical rotations in other fields. Neurology and radiology were surprisingly interesting to me. However, the variety that comes from the… Continue reading Choosing OB/GYN as a Specialty
Leaving your career in medicine is like breaking up in a long term relationship. It may have all started out with lofty expectations, excitement about the future, and becoming your best self. However, somewhere along the way things got messy and twisted and not what you signed up for. There were hiccups along the way,… Continue reading Retired at 37: Breaking Up With a Career in Medicine