Tag Archives: c-section

A scree on Andre Picard’s recent op ed…

I don’t think I’ve written a post in a while…more than a year?  I’ve been busy.  But something recently inspired me to come out of my “retirement,” and that something was Andre Picard’s piece in the Globe and Mail, “It’s time to stop treating pregnancy like a disease.” It is so egregious, so ignorant and […]

Memorial Hermann Hospital Live Tweets C-Section

This is damn cool. For those of you who are wondering what a c-section is like these 18 youtube videos take you through the entire process.  This c-section occured at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston Texas…they are live-tweeting different operations.  My workplace (and one could argue medicine in general) has such an antiquated approach to […]

When a good anesthetic goes bad – anesthetic failure during c-section

Someone (thank you Mona Lisa) sent me a link to an article about a nightmare c-section where a woman felt the entire surgery and asked these questions: Why does this happen?  Can it be fixed mid surgery, or does the anesthesiologist have their hands tied?  Several mothers have commented on Navel Gazing Midwife saying this […]

Some things can only be learned on the job: an apology to two new parents.

I was a “senior” resident when it happened.  And by senior, I mean I’d had about 18 months of anesthesia training so when a woman came to the OR with an “emergency” C-section, my staff supervisor left me alone even before I`d topped up the epidural. I can’t remember anything about the case.  I don’t know why […]

What really happens during a C-section

I find it absolutely appalling that many childbirth “education” classes don’t cover Caesarian sections (C/S) or gloss over them.  Statistically, 20-30% of women will have an operative birth.  Birth, by the way, is thus defined by the free dictionary, “the emergence and separation of offspring from the body of the mother.”  Birth does not require […]