Labor and Delivery

The last 2 weeks have been my longest and most intense of medical school thus far. Starting OB/Gyn was entering a new world, I really had so much to learn. My first week was the day shift, 7-7. My 2nd was the night shift, 6:30pm- 8:30 am…. I am still recovering (writing this post as I can’t follow asleep on Sunday night). Overall, it was…good? I definitely learned a ton, and got to do a ton. I helped delivered multiple babies, and scrubbed in on quite a few C-sections, which are incredible. I honed my sutured skills and closed every case. In between deliveries, I worked closely with the intern, doing post-partum rounds, answering patient’s calls from home, and seeing patients in the emergency room specifically for OB patients. Needless to say, there was zero down time. Babies are born at all hours of the day!

One of my most memorable cases was a woman with a cognitive disability in labor. She was so sweet, but lacked some coping skills and intellectual understanding of the process. She also had a very upsetting social history. This was her fourth baby, and by the time she called out to the nurse that she was feeling pressure (around 3 in the morning), we ran in, and the baby was basically out!! It was a beautiful baby girl and a beautiful delivery. I coached her through the labor and it was very rewarding. Unfortunately, after she delivered the baby, the placenta didn’t come as easily, and she wasn’t tolerating the pain. We ended up taking her to the OR. She lost a ton of blood, but ended up being ok and was discharged with her beautiful baby. Working with her made me realize how much I enjoy working with people with intellectual disabilities, and I hope I can find a way to incorporate such a patient population into my practice. They tend to be undeserved, and require health care professions who understand their specific needs and how to effectively communicate.  I think this is a case that will likely stick with me.

Anyway, I start 2 weeks of outpatient tomorrow, which will be a very nice break from the 2 crazy weeks I just had! I will be exposed to gyn clinic, cytology/pathology, IVF, reproductive endocrinology, and even spend an afternoon at planned parenthood. It should be an interesting 2 weeks, as long as I can get my sleep schedule back on track!

This weekend was great, went back to Boston to see Will and attend a med school friend’s bachelorette party, whose wedding is next weekend! Life has been crazy busy.

On Friday night, we checked out Hojoko, a new, fun, sushi restaurant that opened up in Fenway! Went to the Donkey Show in Harvard square for the bachelorette, and did some fall activities on Sunday, with many naps in between.

Ps did you see the eclipse tonight!? So cool!!

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One Reply to “Labor and Delivery”

  1. I miss you so so much, loved the post as usual!!! keep writing 🙂 I just picked up an account to counsel pregnant women about nutrition for a healthy pregnancy… I can’t wait to start!!!

    Love you!!

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