So, this week I’ve been doing my research project with the low risk obstetrics family practice here at MUN. And it’s been pretty awesome 🙂 I’ve got to sit in on appointments with pre-natal patients, learn about their questions and concerns, and pregnancy, and listen to fetal heartbeats, which are fantastic! Especially watching the mother hear that heartbeat for the first time, and the look that develops on her face. It’s certainly the area of medicine that interests me the most, and so to have this opportunity to see these things so early in my med school career is really a treat.
Also, “sweeps,” to try and induce labor? Yeah, they look really uncomfortable! Google at your own risk.
And then, there was this, and this which was better. Because I got to go into the case room, and watch two babies be born! And also how membranes are ruptured, ultrasounds are done and epidurals are given, but those all pale in comparison to babies!
I had the privilege of watching 2 births on the shift – the first there weren’t many people in the room so I had a great view of everything. It’s an amazing thing to watch someone give birth, and to watch what the human body can endure – if anyone ever wonders as to which sex is stronger, I challenge any man to deliver a child and then report back with their thoughts on the weakness of women! Perhaps most surreal to me was just how long the whole pushing thing actually takes! My mother had my sister in maybe 5 minutes flat (the first birth I’d seen) but it took much longer this time. The first birth was very cool to watch, and it’s super easy to get swept up in the encouragement of pushing, as you can really tell when the pushes are making progress. When the head popped out, it was like an adrenaline rush, and the little baby was perfect, crying from the word go. I wish the new family all the best luck in the world 🙂
The second birth I saw, however, was an extra special treat, as it was a really rare kind of birth! Even the doctor I was shadowing hadn’t seen what had happened before, as they aren’t done all that often. There were so many of us in the room, because we all wanted to see it happen, so the view wasn’t as great, but I still got to see, and man, was it a sight! I can’t give details of what happened because I don’t want to break confidentiality, but it was amazing to see.
It was a really surreal sight, let me tell you!
Honestly, overall, it was a really amazing experience. Obstetrics is what I’ve wanted to do since I was ten, so it was really nice to get that opportunity to take a look and realize that I didn’t hate it! The environment with the doctors was really great, and everyone was so willing to take a second and teach me something, which I really appreciated! There is a lot more patience – and small talk – needed then I expected, but it really does seem like a great part of medicine that has a lot of happy days, and definitely something that I can’t wait to explore more of!
And to think, I used to think research was boring! 😉