I wake up around 6:30 to get ready for work. There are mommas in the hospital ready to go home on this Mother’s Day.
The ultrasound showed I wasn’t as far along as I thought. Only five and a half weeks. And there was no heartbeat. The doctor came in and told me what he saw. I held on to the hope that it was just too early. My bleeding had almost stopped. Another ultrasound a couple weeks later confirmed what the doctor already knew. I was having a miscarriage.
When I was in residency, our local zoo was loaned two giraffes (Autumn and Walter) as part of a breeding program, the Species Survival Project. The entire city was thrilled when Autumn became pregnant with her first baby.
People have been trying to control family size throughout history, but with the advent of modern contraception, it’s become easier and easier to plan pregnancies. This is because modern methods, in addition to being safer, are more effective than many methods used previously.
I am not one of those women who loves being pregnant. In fact, I do not terribly enjoy being pregnant at all. I have always wondered how some women are blessed with “the glow,” and others, like myself, get acne and “cankles”.
I did everything right: I carefully selected a hospital with good, evidence-based TOLAC policies, I found a nurse-midwife practice with patient, yet thorough providers, I ate reasonably well, and I exercised regularly. At 39 weeks and 4 days, I started to go into labor.
As an obstetrician-gynecologist, I often joke with my colleagues about the “OB birth juju”, meaning that we, as OB/Gyns, tend to have weird stuff happen to us with our own births. The joke often seems like a truth.
If you have decided to breastfeed, here are some tips to develop a good nursing relationship with your little bundle of joy.
As OB/GYNs, one of the most common comments that we get from our patients during an examination is:
“I am so sorry! I didn’t get a chance to shave!”
My last pregnancy was exactly that-my LAST pregnancy. I wasn’t sure it would be until I went through one of the scariest moments of my life. The operating room will never be quite the same.