My first birth!

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 :)

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13 comments
  1. f said:

    Wow! That’s so amazing! I think giving birth is really powerful… in a sense. I dunno! But that’s really cool you got to experience that. :D

  2. Lorik said:

    ooooo!!!!! how awesome! I’m sure it was amazing and exciting!! Good job~~~ ^_______________^
    Are they gonna let you know what they named her??!?!

  3. Leanne said:

    Wow! That’s so amazing~ I can’t wait to see what you get to do after this since it’s so hard to top!

  4. Ellina said:

    Hey Leanne, reading your entry was exciting! OMG, that is fantastically awesome I can’t even imagine fully. I’m so proud of you ;D

    I’d love to read more too ^__^ Sometimes I wish it was the same over here except that we don’t have the program for undergraduates so students who are into pre-med have to do the pre-req courses and then HAVE to get accepted into a med school, which is pretty scare for me since it’s highly (TOO highly) competitive — my self-esteem just dropped thinking about it, lol xD

  5. Leslie said:

    That’s such a fascinating experience! It’s pretty awesome that you got to witness the birth of new life. Good job on the successful delivery!

  6. jessica said:

    Omg that’s such an amazing thing to be a part of! And I’m glad that it wasn’t a traumatizing experience for you (but you did mention not wanting to give birth, but that feeling might just pass :P)

    Oh, I see a lot of people are asking questions about Australian Med School, and I’m guessing they’re mostly from the US or Canada. I wish the US had a program where we can enter Med School straight from HS =/ Then I would have to go through my undergrad years with anxiety and uncertainty :(

  7. My Linh said:

    You will sure become a great doctor some day. :3 I can imagine that experience someone giving birth must be a wonderful! Haha, I am already scared of the pain though…

  8. Thao said:

    Wow, how exciting! I’m sure this would definitely be something you’ll remember forever.

  9. Wow, that’s so amazing that you witnesses the start of a new life and it’s something that you’ll definitely remember forever. I’m so excited for you in this academic journey && it has me considering doing a nursing assistant program. You have such strength!

    Good luck with the program!!

  10. Jen said:

    What an experience you had! I can imagine it’s so beautiful, yet at the same time, a nice form of birth control after having to see the visuals. =P Good for you!

  11. Amanda said:

    That sounds like quiiiite the experience! I’d imagine watching someone give birth as quite… overwhelming? i’m not sure if that’s a big enough word. I’m glad it all went seamlessly and didn’t take tooo long; although I can’t believe she hadn’t peed for 7 hours! >< And gaaah @ how long it takes to become a doctor, with a specialty and all. Wow.

  12. Smartee said:

    That must have been quite the experience!! Birth and the the birth of life is always the most beautiful thing. I think during that moment, it’s the life changing point for a lot of woman. :)

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