I'm sure you already know that it's imperative for you to get to know your doctor well during your pregnancy so you're very familiar with who will be delivering your baby. Of course, one mom in Sweden thought she knew who she was dealing with -- until she found out that her doctor had allowed a 15-year-old girl to assist during her Cesarean birth.
Yes, a 15-year-old girl, who was originally introduced to the mother as the surgeon's assistant -- actually held the scalpel at one point during her c-section and assisted with her baby's delivery. It turns out the girl was a relative of the surgeon, who was apparently trying to teach her a thing or two about birthing babies.
And while the mom did deliver a healthy baby and had no problems with her c-section as a result of the teenage girl helping out, needless to say -- she was in a state of shock when she heard about it.
Get this one -- she found out after reading about it in her local paper. And that's when the surgeon called and admitted she'd let the 15-year-old assist with the c-section and graciously apologized. (She apologized? That's it?)
Of being kept in the dark over who the girl actually was, the mother told the paper, "I thought it was a medical student practicing patient contact, something that you do early on in your medical training. This is a university hospital so one must be prepared to meet students."
And honestly, I don't know why she'd have any reason to think otherwise. Something like this could happen to anyone, because medical students help out with labor and delivery all the time, right?
When I had my son six years ago, I was in labor with him for a good 24 hours. And during that time frame, I had quite a few medical students and residents come in to help out my doctor. But before they so much as came within 10 feet of me, my doctor was kind enough to ask my permission to make sure I was ok with it, which you'd think would be standard procedure everywhere.
Students have to learn one way or another, which is why it didn't bother me too much -- even when a group of them checked to see how many centimeters I was dilated and proceeded to "compare their finger widths" to make sure they all got the answer right. (But their giggling wasn't exactly appreciated -- I'll leave it at that.)
Heck, I even had a student put my catheter in after I'd been given my epidural. (I was totally numb, so I could've cared less who touched me at that point.)
Not once did I question whether or not these students and residents were actually students and/or residents -- because I completely trusted my doctor and the labor and delivery nurses.
Still, it can't hurt to be extra careful when you check into the hospital, so don't be afraid to ask for credentials before anyone touches you -- and make sure to let your doctor know if there is anything you're uncomfortable with.
The last thing you want to find out postpartum is that the teenager down the street was a witness to your birth.
Have you met all of the doctors in your physician's practice? Are you fully aware of who may wind up delivering your baby?
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