Saturday, September 27, 2008

The curse of the medical student on obstetrics

Number of babies delivered on Monday and Tuesday morning while I was scheduled to be in the obstetrician's office: 9

Number of babies delivered on Monday and Tuesday afternoons while I was on the ward waiting for deliveries: 0

Number of babies delivered on Wednesday when I had been scheduled for a day of looking at rashes with a dermatologist: 6

Number of babies delivered on Thursday when I had been scheduled for academic sessions: 5

Number of babies delivered on Thursday night and all of Friday when I chose to give up sleep and instead sit on the ward in order to assist with some deliveries: 0

Plan to increase the number of deliveries for my second week of Obstetrics: Release prostaglandin into the city water supply, show up at the hospital, and wait. (For those who don't know, prostaglandin is used to induce labour)

I did get to see two c-sections, including an emergency one at 3:00 am for a prolapsed umbilical cord - very intense - but so far, no natural deliveries here.


Anonymous said...

Good luck on your question for delivering a baby, a MD isn't a MD without a baby in hand

make mine trauma said...

Regarding c-sections, I once had a general surgeon tell me that he wanted nothing to do with removing something from someone that came out screaming.

CountyRat said...

Think on the bright side, Vitum. You seem to have a mystical power that prevents reproduction. This could save Health Canada a lot of money on contraceptives.

Anonymous said...

you're not the only one. i was known as a "jinx" back in my premed years. as nursing students, we need to assist in deliveries as well.

there was this one incident wherein i stayed awake the whole night to wait for deliveries. nada. the moment i stepped out of the delivery room at the end of the shift, a mother got mounted.

good luck!

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