We are experimenting with running a blog on this website. Helen Smith will be writing occasional entries while she is in Kisiizi. Here is the first offering.
Sitting listening to the dawn chorus as I write I can’t help wondering how the new day feels for some of our patients. Each day comes with a mix of thoughts and feelings. The patient I spoke to yesterday who is petrified of giving birth in case she needs a caesarean is one day nearer the inevitable event. I wonder how anxious she is as she wakes and greets the day. Another woman who had an incredibly traumatic delivery of a very abnormal stillborn baby yesterday afternoon: how is she this morning? Yet another who turned up yesterday afternoon with an intra-uterine fetal death at 36 weeks into her pregnancy faces having to give birth to her dead baby today. Lots of people think being an obstetrician or midwife is a happy job, and most of the time it is, but there are many occasions when pregnancy and birth go badly wrong and the suffering is then huge, unimaginable.