As Vanessa and I sit here waiting for baby two to arrive, it occurs to me that this area of medicine is really a black box for me, and partially of my own doing. You see most hospitals send women who are 20+ weeks pregnant directly to the obstetrics floor. This is good patient care, but not good for my education. So I generally only meet these women after car accidents, stubbed toes and anything else unrelated to their pregnancies.
And when women arrive who are in active labor I’m especially motivated to roll them through the ER straight to OB for three reasons. First, I’m not an Ob/Gyn. Second, there aren’t many ways to better gum up an ER. Third is selfish… Any ER delivery = two daggum charts and a thousand buttons! (The miracle of birth is a lot less miraculous in the ER.)
All that said, here are third trimester buzzwords: