There comes a point during pregnancy when expectant mothers reach into their purses and pull out a sheet of paper with a birthing plan. They have taken hours to carefully develop a plan that contains specific services they want done (or not done) during the labor, delivery, and postpartum process. In most cases, birthing plans come with good intentions. However, some plans are created because of past bad experiences or because “a friend” shared a terrible story about their de
So, you have to have a “procedure” done. Laymen’s terms: you need surgery. Your doctor probably briefed you on all of your options, all of the risks and all of the—No? They didn’t? Or maybe they did and you were doing the “smile and nod.” When I counsel patients on their surgical options, I can always spot the “deer in the headlights” look in their eyes. No matter how much I try to ease their mind, I recognize that their apprehension can drive them to just a smile and a nod.