Last night I was “on call” so after a day at the GP clinic and a quick dinner I went over to the hospital to see if there were any babies on the way. Just my luck, there was a lady in labour who had been induced only an hour ago. I was relieved to see that she was having very strong and frequent contractions and that this was her 2nd child, because it meant more likely quick labour! Also the midwife was so lovely, talking through everything with me and letting me do things and get involved.
2 hours later…
A beautiful baby girl – yet to be named entered the world :)
The dad was teary. Awwwww…
I got to clamp and cut the umbilical cord and deliver the placenta. Place a urinary catheter into Mum because she hadn’t pee-d since 2 pm; it was about 9 pm. Weigh and measure bub then watch her being examined by the Obstetrics reg. Afterwards we left for Mum and Dad to bond while me and the mid-wife did a cord lactate and examined the placenta.
It was an amazing experience! I don’t know whether I want to give birth after that, hahaha, but I feel very priviledged to have witness “new life”, and am so thankful to the parents for letting me share their experience. I have core blood splatted on my top and arms as proof of all this :D
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I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my Med Course, so I thought I should clarify a few things :) I’m not 100% sure on the details, but this is the general jist:
Medicine is an undergrad course here, so you go straight into it after highschool. No need to do a Science degree or whatever to get into it. However there are post-grad courses available now, for people who didn’t get in the first time. Our course is Medical and Surgical, we don’t specialise until we’re a good 4-5 years finished from the course. Everyone has to learn everything and experience everything, hence the course name Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). When we receive this degree we become interns and go through Medical and Surgical rotations; it’s not like in Scrubs where we instantly become Surgical or Medical interns once we graduate. We do both. Then we become residents, registrars … It’s only until later on, after we pass the big Registrar exams which test us on everything, when we can start choosing what to specialise in, then you become the “Cardiology reg” or “Surgical Reg” or “Trauma reg” etc.
This year I’m in 4th year of Med school and our units are Psychiatry, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Paediatrics and General Practice. I’m not specialising in any of those at the moment, it’s just this year is about those specialties :)