Mostly Harmless

Remember my OB-GYN?  The guy I was seeing before I made the big switch to being cared for by midwives?  I’m really glad I left things on a good note with him, because I had to go see him on Monday and my goodness nothing scares me more than an OB-GYN with a grudge.

I walked into the office feeling like a bit of a pariah, really.  After all, I had been a happy patient there for quite some time.  I peed in a cup, read the magazines, and fully intended to have my baby at the hospital.  Then, I changed my mind and did something most OB-GYNs consider very foolish: had my baby outside a hospital.

It wasn’t hard to see that I made the nurse uncomfortable as she interviewed me about my birth.  She asked all the normal questions (Aidan’s birth date, birth weight, etc.) but when she got to the part about where he was born (at an independent birth center) and how the birth went (she looked perplexed when I assured her that I found the birth fun) she got noticeably uneasy.

Then, my doctor walked in.  He welcomed me back, and asked a lot of the same questions.  When I told him I thought the birth was fun, he just shook his head and kept writing his notes.  Being the considerate person I aim to be, I thought I’d lighten the mood a little by assuring him he wouldn’t have wanted to deliver me anyway.

I described how loud I was (I can guarantee that my bellowing wouldn’t have gone over very well in a hospital), how stubborn I was (I had my one position in my one corner of the bathtub and I wasn’t moving no matter how many times I was asked), and how, thanks to said stubbornness, my midwife practically had to climb in there with me to catch Aidan as he came rocketing out.

While I recounted my tale, my doctor stopped taking notes and just stared at me for a minute.  Then, a huge smile washed over his face and he said, “Yeah, I don’t go swimming.”  And just like that, I became the well-loved but mostly harmless weirdo patient.

3 thoughts on “Mostly Harmless

  1. You know, the last thing that was classed as mostly harmless ended up being destroyed by the Vogons. And now I have “So Long And Thanks For All The Fish” stuck in my head. Lovely.

    Anyway, glad you ended up having a decent appointment.

  2. I enjoyed reading this, lol. I am currently pregnant with my first child, only nine weeks along and I’ve already had the crap scared out of me twice by my OBGyn. I plan on doing a natural childbirth, and my OBGyn said he was supportive, but, similarly to yours, said some things I wasn’t comfortable with. I do plan on returning to him after the birth, though, and I hope he is as cool about it as yours turned out to be!

  3. -Blanche, Ooh, now I have that song stuck in my head too! Aidan likes it :)

    -meowsteph, Good luck with your birth! One thing that helped me stay on good terms with my doctor was explaining to him why I was changing care providers, and assuring him it was nothing personal. Some people just cancel their appointments and leave without an explanation, and that seems a little mean to me :)

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