doodlebug August 9, 2020 Share August 9, 2020 (edited) 5 hours ago, Angeltoes said: Isn't birthing babies part of med school training no matter what the student's specialty is going to be? Couldn't they just get on the intercom and ask if there's a doctor in the house like they do on planes? My mother was briefly in the room when I was giving birth. She thought I was making too big a deal out my labor pains and said, "Oh, it's not that bad." She got thrown out. I had no idea JereME was 6'3". In many small hospitals, there may be just one doctor covering the whole hospital overnight. He or she would also be covering the ER as well as handling emergencies on the other floors. Most ER docs have no problem whatsoever in running a code on someone in cardiac arrest, but then will decompensate entirely when called upon to deliver a baby. In bigger hospitals, there are residents and perhaps hospitalists on labor and delivery who are OB/GYN trainees or already board certified OB/GYN. Back when I was a resident, we would be called to stand by if the attending wasn't there yet and delivery was imminent. This was in the days of natural childbirth with almost no one getting an epidural. After trying to talk someone into blowing rather than pushing while holding my hand against the kid's head like a human stop sign a few times, I decided it was unnecessarily cruel. So, when called into the room, I would tell the mother that 'Doctor So and So is on the way. I will help you hold off pushing until he/she gets here or, you can push and I can deliver the baby, which I have done many, many times'. I gave my little speech literally hundreds of times and cannot remember a single time that the mom wanted to wait. Except one time when the patient was one of the L&D nurses who worked there. Her doctor broke her water at 6 cm and, despite the fact it was her third kid and she had fast labors, he went to his office. She told me that she wasn't going to push until he got back and, then, she planned to push so hard and so fast that he wouldn't have time to change and she'd ruin his suit, 'because he deserves it.' She was a woman of her word. Any veteran L&D nurse has also caught her share of babies while waiting for the doctor or midwife to get there and they do a fine job, too, Edited August 9, 2020 by doodlebug 9 4 5 Link to comment
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