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Women’s health is a lecture (3 hours on Wednesday) and clinical (8 hours on every other Tuesday) class.  Most people look forward to this semester because it means… guess what it means….??……….

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It means these little guys

Before you get all excited, remember what accompanies these little guys:

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footling-breech-cesarean-1and this…

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So.  Yea.  I’m fine with it; seen lots of deliveries (including my sister, who like me was born at home with a midwife) and C sections (which are brutal procedures but sometimes necessary).  But I’m not enchanted with the L&D process or babies the way most people are.  Although I admit, L&D nurses are so happy and nice; no wonder everyone wants to end up working on a gyn floor!  And who can be in a bad mood around a baby (assuming they aren’t driving you to insanity by depriving you of sleep, nutrients and other life essentials)?  But back to my real point: I am really freakin’ tired of people calling childbirth a miracle.

News flash people: we KNOW how it works.  We’re aware of everything the body does to accommodate for a baby and how a woman is able to push a little one out of her vagina.  It’s a wonderful experience in life, one that is irreplaceable and beautiful in the sense that it perpetuates our future and highlights the amazing complexity of the human body.  But it’s not a mystery, and it certainly is not a miracle.  So please chill out, people.  Please.

Women’s has no pre-clinical (whoo hoo!) but there is a lot of paperwork.  There are assignments due the day of clinical (you do them the night before) and assignments due during clinical.  It’s tedious paperwork, basically, and covers 5 departments: L&D, antepartum, postpartum, nursery and NICU.  Overall I would say it’s a pretty laid back clinical and our professor is awesome so that helps.

 

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