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Prenatal Visit w/ Help from a Kidlet

My apprentice Donna took pics of me doing a prenatal visit on a mom who's 38 weeks pregnant. The little girl is 2.5 years old. This is, of course, the same mom who graciously allowed me to share her birth photos a couple of posts down.

These are the first photos ever of my doing a prenatal visit.







Wasn't she a big help? I love it!


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I treasure the pictures my husband took of my daughter helping the midwife through one of my prenatal appointments. She was about the same age as this little girl, too. Great pictures!

December 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Wow! Thanks for sharing these with us! I can't believe these are your *first* photos of a prenatal visit! Can you imagine how many prenatal visits you have done over the years?

What really strikes me about you in the photos is the joy and energy you bring with you! It must be such an "up" for the mom to meet with you!

Thanks, as always, for sharing! I love seeing you and the families you so lovingly care for!

BTW, how is working without an office space feeling for you? From the looks of these photos, it seems to be okay :)

December 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

It's been an interesting journey, that's for sure.

I really like seeing my mamas in their homes. The kids are so much more easy-going there than the months it took for them to get comfy at the office. I haven't gotten to the point of needing to do a vaginal culture or Pap yet, but will either handle it like a suturing experience (putting mom's bottom on an upside down fracture pan) or schedule the appointment at a local midwife's offices. I'll get there eventually.

I sure do learn how to get to moms' homes before the 37 week home visit! They have ALL become HV's (home visits)!

December 27, 2008 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Barb, if you do GBBS swabs, those can easily be done on a bed as they don't need a speculum or anything. For speculum exams, it might be worth it for you to learn to do them in left lateral position. My residency program director trained in the UK where they commonly use left lateral position and he taught us to as well - it is a much easier position for anyone with limited mobility like an older woman with arthritis, or I care for some younger women with cerebral palsy or other movement restricting conditions. It would also work for you at home and mean you didn't need an exam table or stirrups.
A couple years ago my practice partner's wife came to me for prenatal care. Their 4 year old daughter became extremely proficient at obtaining heart tones for me. I would just hand her a doppler and she would find the baby and wait for me to count! Her mama is pregnant again, but now the 4 year old is 6 and in school full time and can't come regularly to visits, so I have to do my own work. I always involve the older children as much as possible, but she was the only one I've had that young that could just do the whole visit for me!

December 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdoctorjen

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