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Aug202007

Thanking Dr. Wonderful

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!

Reader Comments (6)

sounds wonderful...btw...if you give me some notice next time you're visiting Dr. W - I'll have a dozen homemade cupcakes for you to pass along.....

I'm not the artist...but I do know how to bake! You can tell him they're from "an admirer"..:)

August 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterOpening Pandora

Dr. Wonderful sounds amazing. That birth story was just incredible. I don't think my mother (a doctor) believed me when I told her about it.

I sure could use a Dr. W around here. Our midwives backups are all liability-wary nervous nellies.

August 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCappuccinoLife

Please thank him from all of our doula hearts. I pass along many of your posts to our doula Yahoo group as you raise so many wonderful points for us to ponder. Your post about Dr. Wonderful filled my heart with joy and gratitude for both him and you!

MamaSara

August 20, 2007 | Unregistered Commentermamasara

Today...
I was driving down to the store thinking about dr. wonderful almost feeling sorry for myself that i live to far up north from him to use him... and the perfect idea came to me
We should nominate him for people magazines most sexy man!

He would soooo win!

August 21, 2007 | Unregistered Commenteruumomma

I live in Kansas, where are all the doctors like him?

Blessings!
Dawn

August 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

thanks for posting what you have about dr. b... as a mama who has birthed twice in his care and a growing doula, i echo the words you've written about him. thanks for sharing him with the rest of the world, literally, and for giving them hope and courage by sharing what you've witnessed. i've loved looking at the photos that you have posted of his attending to births... smiling that i have my own photos from my births and they are right in line with these.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenna

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