Saturday, January 14, 2006

System broke?

I was at the ob/gyn's office in LA with my sister-in-law who recently got pregnant. One of the key questions and concerns of my s.i.l was that if her doctor was going to be one at the delivery room. Why'd she ask? Well, she heard stories that it is common for women's ob/gyn's not to be the one who are actually deliverying your baby unless there is ample reason for them to be there. Typically, her doctor said that you will be delivered by whoever is on duty at the time you enter the hospital and go into labor. Her doctor also said that "doctors have lives, too, so we cannot guarantee that we will always be there." I left the doctor's offic wondering if this is really how the "system" works or are women just accepting this answer without demanding what they want. I wouldn't want some stranger deliverying my baby especially if something goes wrong. What are we to do?


Peri said...

yeah, i was a week early and my doc on vacation, so I had the ER Doc. It felt so impersonal and somewhat medically cold.

Wash Lady said...

Have you considered a midwife? Traditionally - they are the ones who provide the prenatal care and are also the ones to support the mom during labor and delivery.
If you need a lead for your area, I may be able to help you.

Sexy Soccamom said...

Wow, really? I wonder if things have changed in the past 15 years or was I just lucky? My doctor was called in...and came.