Thursday, April 10, 2008

Against medical advice

I can't really go into much detail but I had an experience last night that I have never had before.

A woman was having a normal labor, progressing nicely. Then she stalled out at 8cm, started having a very non-reassuring heart rate. Despite our efforts to correct the situation, we had no success. The doctor was called to come in. I anticipated a c/s. The family and woman refused. I watched this non-reassuring strip for over four hours. Amazingly, the baby came out finally with 9/9 apgars. So short term, baby seems to be ok. Whew.

By the way, it was the new doctor on call. We actually worked well together.

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