Hi! I missed you, blog!
My hotel left a lot to be desired, and it charged an exorbitant fee for internet access. I survived the weekend with phone internet access only! *Twitch twitch*
I am still up to my eyeballs in things to get done. So, this will be a brief update.
I met Dr. Berghella, of the USPSTF Evidence-based labor and delivery management (pdf) report on which I based my research project. He gave an amazing presentation on cervical insufficiency. When I spoke to him afterward about my project investigating why many physicians seem to not follow evidence based standards of care when it comes to labor and delivery intervention practice patterns, he said, “It makes my blood boil.” I wanted to give him a high five!
I met the author of What To Expect When You’re Expecting. I read it when I was pregnant with my first son. I wasn’t as alarmed by it as many birth activists tend to be. Then again, I wasn’t a birth activist when I read it, just a clueless first time pregnant person who was lucky her CNM only pitted her, hooked her up to the continuous EFM and made her push for hours with an anterior cervical lip while flat on my back. (Do I sound bitter?) Luckily, I didn’t get an episiotomy or anything worse, but I certainly wasn’t well informed about the interventions I received or could have received. Looking back at what I know now, I think it was certainly over-the-top about certain things (like diet, and mother blaming of food choices), and wasn’t the best resource when it came to information about actual labor and delivery, or options such as out of hospital birth. I’m glad there are a lot more books and resources available now than there were 12 years ago.
I met Dr. Fogelson from Academic Ob/Gyn. At his event, I met the physicians behind Girlology, who are great. I also met Dr. Jody Steinauer, founder of Medical Students for Choice, who is even cooler in person than on paper.
I met with some programs at the residency fair. The residency director for OHSU said she thought I would be a “good fit”. (Squeal!) I also met with a resident from University of Washington, among representatives from other programs.
The highlight among highlights was an event sponsored by Bayer celebrating the 50th anniversary of the oral birth control pill. Gloria Steinem appeared via satellite, and Dr. Sandra Carson and Dr. Joycelyn Elders spoke in person.
Here is a picture of my fellow medical students and I with Dr. Joycelyn Elders. Double squeal!!