Unfortunately, for whatever reason(s), there are birth experiences that are so bad the traumatized woman suffers PTSD, vows to never become pregnancy again, and so on. If this is the situation, we ask the woman to self-identify as having had a ‘less than optimal’ pregnancy or birth experience, meet with us so that we can do a root cause analysis of what happened, then formulate a plan for the next pregnancy. You do not have to currently be pregnant to do this.
The best pregnancy is a planned and optimized pregnancy. It takes more than a prenatal vitamin and a smile to provide your baby with its greatest potential at birth. We can discuss the psychology, nutrition, exercises, supplements, and prenatal care involved in doing just that. If you are taking a daily medication, we can also discuss the risk in pregnancy and possible alternatives.
This is a little bit of 'Tongue-in-cheek' but still serious in nature. Centers of Excellence are usually physical centers of self-anointed expertise. Even when certified by outside entities they do not always deliver the ‘excellence’ promised by the name..
I consider my practice to be a CCE for the following reasons:
NOTE: There is a fallacy that ‘good’ obstetricians should always rush while performing a cesarean which accounts for a significant amount of complications. I had privileges at a hospital where the residency director instructed the OB/GYN residents to have races to see who could do the fastest cesarean delivery, resulting in severe complications. There is no medical reason to rush a cesarean delivery unless there is fetal distress- which is infrequent. On those rare occasions when an emergency cesarean delivery is indicated, I can and will get your baby delivered rapidly.
As a solo private practitioner I am limited by economic, political, and logistical factors as to where I am allowed to deliver. The most important factor in having a baby is the delivering physician. In Maryland you should be able to have a safe delivery in any hospital. I like MedStar Harbor Hospital Center because of its commitment to patient safety. In 22 years of practice, it is the only hospital that requires and provides extensive training to new physicians. In addition, the nurses and Board Certified obstetrical hospitalists are also committed to your safety and providing you with the best birth experience possible.
You are our patient, not our client. As such we make ourselves available to you on an approachable level so that you feel at ease and trust us with your pregnancy. We will work with you to give you the best baby possible.
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