Obstetrician Gynecologist

Obstetrician Gynecologist


Minneapolis, MN

Female, 36

I am a practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologist, providing care for women in all stages of life. Approximately half of my practice consists of pregnancy-related care, including routine prenatal care, high risk obstetrics, and delivering babies at all hours of the day. The other half consists of gynecologic care, which ranges from routine annual check-ups to contraception and menopause. I perform many surgeries, including laparoscopies and hysterectomies.

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Last Answer on July 14, 2017

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The "Stuck in an Elevator" question: If a woman was going into labor and could not get to a hospital, what could she (or whoever's with her at the time) do to deliver the baby as safely as possible?

Asked by Terry Good over 5 years ago

Most of the time, when a baby is coming out so rapidly that you don't have time to make it to the hospital (or are on an elevator), the delivery will happen on its own without any need for assistance. Maternal instinct takes over, and the mother will begin pushing when the right time comes. Once the head is crowning, just try to support the head and body as it delivers. Look around you for something relatively clean to dry off the baby and to keep the baby warm. Newborn babies are not able to maintain their body temperatures initially and can develop hypothermia very quickly. The best way to keep them warm is to put them directly skin-to-skin on the mother's chest and cover both up with something dry. If you have a shoelace, you could tie off the umbilical cord. Hopefully by then, help will have arrived!

Do you think the ratio of OBGYNs who are pro-life vs. pro-choice is significantly different than in the general population and if so, in which direction?

Asked by David J almost 5 years ago

I believe the ratio is probably similar to the general population. Whether we consider them to be ethical, religious or personal beliefs, we all come into this profession with our own beliefs, and one's area of medical expertise doesn't tend to change those. 

If a woman very late in a pregnancy were to die, is it possible to save the fetus?

Asked by Gumshoo17 over 5 years ago

Yes. In very rare circumstances, a "perimortem" cesarean section can be performed. The decision to proceed with the surgery needs to be made immediately, before the loss of maternal blood flow has caused a lack of oxygen to the fetus. In skilled hands, a baby can be delivered by cesarean section within minutes, which may just allow at least one life to be saved.

Do you suggest infant circumcision? If so what would be the best time to do it? Is it best done immediately, after a few months, or is safer to wait and do it as an adult if you’re so inclined. I’m not religious, and it isn’t done in my culture, so this decision is solely to be based on what is scientifically best.

Asked by curious over 5 years ago

When it comes to circumcision, I can only present the facts, and then the parents have to make their informed decision. The benefits of circumcision include decreased transmission of STDs such as HIV and HPV, and therefore decreased penile cancer; there are also decreased rates of urinary tract infections. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics states that there is no medical indication for circumcision. There are many reasons people choose to have their child circumcised- religious, cultural, and social. It is now standard to use local anesthesia during the procedure, but of course, there will be discomfort associated with the procedure.

What made you decide to choose this area as your specialty? Are there other areas you think, in retrospect, you might have preferred?

Asked by Gina G over 5 years ago

The amazing thing about my job is that every day is a different challenge. I take care of women from their adolescent or teen years all the way through menopause and beyond. For most women, I am seeing them once a year for their annual exam, with an occasional visit in between for problem visits. Over the years, I get to know my patients, and really feel that I am a part of their lives. I see them through graduations, relationships, marriages, pregnancies, career changes,etc. When my patients get pregnant, I have the privilege of participating in perhaps the most memorable and emotional 9 months of their lives, culminating in the most life-changing experience possible when I am attending the delivery. Every day when I leave work, I can reassure myself that I have done my best to make the world a better place. While a career in OBGYN is immensely fulfilling, it obviously has its down sides as well. For one, the job requires taking call, which means that there are times when I have to be available at all hours of the night. I have had many 36+ hour stints during which I am constantly on the go. In addition, there is an immense amount of stress that comes with the knowledge that the actions I take can be life-or-death determining actions. I can't imagine doing anything else right now, but there are certainly moments after a long night of call when I wish I had considered a career in dermatology. But then I remind myself... rashes give me the willies!

omg that miscarriage rate is insane! Are there trimester-by-trimester stats on that?

Asked by alison over 5 years ago

The majority of miscarriages occur in the first trimester. By the time you reach 12 weeks, if a normal heartbeat is detected, the risk of miscarriage is only 3%.

Just a follow-up to my earlier Q. When I asked about mid-career changes, I meant in terms of specialty. For example, a cardiologist who decides she wants to become a neurosurgeon. Does this happen frequently?

Asked by faint-of-heart over 5 years ago

So, as I said, in order to graduate from medical school, you have to complete 4 years of college followed by 4 years of medical school. At that point, you choose your specialty. ObGYN happens to require 4 years of training. Once you have completed residency, if you wanted to change specialties, you would have to repeat a residency in whatever field you have chosen. General surgery requires 5 years, cardiology can require up to 6-7 years, neurosurgery 7 years, etc. It is generally an unattractive prospect to have to go back and retrain for anywhere from 3-7 years when you are already in your mid-30's, so most people aren't willing to do this. But, again, if you are unhappy with your job, you have to find the job that brings you fulfillment.