Full time pastor, mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend. Part-time patient. First major surgery was c-section of my 10lb 14.6 oz first born son in 2004 after laboring for 17 hours. Second major surgery was scheduled c-section of my 8lb 10 oz second born son in 2009. The difference in the two experiences led to a realization that not all medical practices are created equal and not all hospitals are created equal. I also realized that doctors don’t have all the answers. And that perhaps because you live in your own body you may have a better sense of what is going on. I think my initial passion for good quality medical care came from the birth of my first son.
To this day I have very strong feelings of the doctor who allowed me to go two weeks past my due date and deliver an 11 lb baby. I told him the week before I did not want a 10 lb baby and he felt my stomach and said, “he’s 8lbs.” That did not seem real scientific to me as a former analytical chemist. Then the doctor allowed me to labor for 17 hours without checking to see my baby’s position (he was face up). I would not dialate. Only when the baby’s heart rate started to drop did they decide to rush a c-section. To this day I do not understand why:
- I was allowed to go 2 weeks over
- Babies weight couldn’t have been estimated a little bit better
- They couldn’t have figured out he was face up
- Why they let me labor in excruciating back labor pain for 17 hour without wondering what might be causing that
I am thankful my child was born safely but he had been in there a long time and his blood sugar was low when born. He could have swallowed meconium. Thankfully he did not.
After one or two follow up visits for me, I never returned to the practice. This began my passion for quality healthcare.