2011 is gone but has left an indelible impression. It was the year of triumphs and tragedies.  A nine ounce baby was saved and is thriving. A 44 year old first-time mother of twins lost her life during childbirth. I received an Annual Report from Word Press® that made me humbled. This blog was viewed 77,000 times in 2011. According to Word Press® 8.5 million people visit the Louvre Museum in France every year. If this blog were an exhibit at the Louvre, it would take 3 days for that many people to see it. You, the viewers come from all over the globe representing every continent with the exception of Iceland. You’ve made comments that are inspiring and endearing. I cannot begin to thank all of you enough. Writing can be challenging, especially when you’re juggling a full time clinical practice. That practice is now gone but the love of my patients remains. And so does my love for obstetrics.

As we face the New Year, let us do so boldly and passionately. Please be pro-active regarding your health. Whether we agree or disagree with the Occupy Movement, it proved that there is a powerful force that lies within the collective human spirit. The squeaky wheel does get the oil. We do not have to pay proposed bank fees. A pharmaceutical company was shamed into reducing the price of Makena, a med used to treat preterm labor. Organized women got the National Institute of Health to take a second look at the benefit of vaginal births after cesarean sections (VBAC). You can be the change that you long to see.

The most miraculous event I have ever witnessed in my time on this Earth was the birth of a baby.  The sanctity of human life is precious. You hold that life in your womb. Remember “the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”

Have a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year.