Monday, August 20, 2007 at 08:32AM
Several people have asked if I thank Dr. Wonderful and it makes me smile because OF COURSE I DO! Over and over, I find ways to thank him and show him my appreciation that he is who he is and that he is so willing to go so far to make women's experiences as beautiful as possible in the climate that exists today.
You see, Dr. Wonderful doesn't get much support from OB peers for what he does and how he practices. His support comes from CNMs and LMs and the moms he serves. So we hold him up high. He is so humble in his heart, it's easy being around him. He teary-eyed accepts the loving accolades heaped upon him.
One of my other clients sent him to the blog piece I wrote a couple of days ago and when I saw him on Friday, he was so, so touched by what I wrote... well, he just had the nicest things to say.
(I saw him on Friday because I was referring a woman to him, but she cancelled 2 hours pre-appt. and I called and asked if I could still come anyway and they said I could!)
I brought Dr. Wonderful cd's of the two births I'd attended with him and we talked the birth we'd just done together.
I also brought him a gift he really, really seemed to adore.
See the picture at the top? I had that REALLY enlarged, mounted and laminated and will have my Sarah go in and put it on his wall.
Dr. Wonderful collects monkeys... but loves primates in general. This pictures is an 8-year old Lowland Silverback Gorilla from Animal Kingdom in Orlando that I took specifically for him when I was there earlier this year.
I've given him a toy screaming, flying monkey, too, before. He thought that was hysterical.
His walls need art. I can offer art. Pictures, I can give him.
In this age when so many probably want to pick at him as if he was the seed bell in a parakeet cage, I hope to foster his kindness and *only* have to tap into his knowledge/skill/privilege infrequently. It is my hope, anyway.
The question has also come up... do I fawn over him? No. I have far too much to do in my life. But, I do expend the proper amount of energy on someone deserving and who's knowledge/skill/privilege I can certainly use in my life. And I believe I have a lot to offer his practice, too. (I have an acupuncturist, chiropractors, childbirth educator, doulas, massage therapists - and ME as a monitrice!)
Give and take and give and take and give and take and give....
Thanks all around!