Question Your OB
Just yesterday I heard on the news about a recent study of the effectiveness of Stents being surgically placed in the carotid artery to prevent blockage of blood flow to the brain.
What perked my interest in this study was this: it also focused on the surgical experience of the doctor, skill level based on how many Stent operations they performed.
Patients who had procedures by doctorswho did less than 6 cases per year had an increased risk of death during the 30 days following the procedure.
They compared them to doctors who had done 24 procedures or more a year.
Selecting the right patients who will benefit and doctor expertise are both issues in a successful procedure, according to the study.
Many people research medical procedures, get second opinions, before making a decision about their health care. This study will no doubt in the future encourage potential patients to ask the question: “How many Stent operations have you performed?”
Why not in obstetrics?
I share this with you because I want to inspire you to do the same with your obstetrician. You are in effect “hiring” them to manage your body, your pregnancy, and your baby.
Not to long ago, I was teaching a childbirth class at a local hospital and encouraged my class to ask their OB doctor what their percentage of Cesarean births were? I was instructed by hospital management not to encourage this kind of questioning because in one particular case, the obstetrician didn’t know what it was and complained because one of their “patients” had asked.
I think it’s fair to ask! If people are publically being educated about a “Stent study” and how the experience of the physician makes a difference between life and death, why can’t an expectant mom ask about her doctors background and expertise in delivering babies? There are many medical interns, future obstetricians, who have never seen or participated in a normal, unmediated, natural, vaginal birth.
Start asking questions! Get the information your need to ensure you choose the right caregiver for you during your pregnancy and the birth of your baby.
This video clip is from www.catchthebaby.com Full film not yet released.