I’m a Physician and Hospitals are Starting to Scare Me

When you entire a hospital, there should be a bright, yellow caution sign that says “Enter at Your Own Risk” and for those who think I’m exaggerating, I assure you I’m not. My concerns are […]

In Tears for Cynthia, Who Leaped Out the Window with Her Baby Strapped to Her Chest

 

After I read about the suicide of Cynthia Wachenheim, I was (and still am) an emotional wreck. I didn’t know her personally, but the circumstances were all too familiar.

Wachenhiem was the quintessential overachiever. A valedictorian […]

Pregnant Moms: Please, “Escape Fire”

Every so often, a film comes along that makes us sit up and take notice. Escape Fire is one of those films.  Executive producers Donna Karan (fashion designer) and Scott Douglass along with directors Matthew […]

Pregnant Women Die When Providers Don’t Listen

Every month I have the unenviable duty of reviewing federal medical malpractice cases to determine if the physician or midwife was at fault when a baby is born injured, dead or a pregnant woman dies. […]

Miracles In the Midst of a Hurricane

Sometimes it takes a catastrophe to remind us of our humanity. Sometimes we get caught up in the mechanics of living that an act of Nature has to descend upon us in one fell swoop […]

“Convenience” in not a Reason to do an “Early” Induction or C/Section

In Native American culture there is a premise that Nature thrives on order but it is man who creates the disorder. That thought came to mind last month when I presented yet another malpractice case […]

Why Every Pregnant Woman Needs a Hero

For years I struggled to define what I was doing as a physician regarding patient care. I finally figured it out. I was attempting to improve birth outcomes. An outcome is another way of saying […]

Why Every Pregnant Woman Needs a Hero

For years I struggled to define what I was doing as a physician regarding patient care. I finally figured it out. I was attempting to improve birth outcomes. An outcome is another way of saying […]

Dilemma: Hospital Says Leave When You Think You Should Stay

The story of Tanya* is compelling. She was 24 weeks pregnant with her third child and the hospital was threatening to send her home. Two years ago, she faced similar circumstances and delivered a baby […]

Dilemma: Hospital Says Leave When You Think You Should Stay

The story of Tanya* is compelling. She was 24 weeks pregnant with her third child and the hospital was threatening to send her home. Two years ago, she faced similar circumstances and delivered a baby […]