A Picture (Video) is Worth a 1000 Words

Michele Lauria, OB-GYN, is one of my heroes. I first came across her name as the contact person for the Vermont/New Hampshire VBAC Project. Concerned by the fact that many hospitals in Vermont and New Hampshire had stopped offering VBACs,  the obstetric departments at...

Teaching Resources About Induction

Last weekend, a friend at a local hospital asked me about resources regarding labor induction. The hospital where she teaches is aware of the new Joint Commission perinatal quality measures, including the measure on reducing elective births before 39 weeks. She said...

Storytelling

I am currently reading Birth Day by pediatrician, Mark Sloan (not Dr. McSteamy!) In Chapter 2, Dr. Sloan has written a fascinating description of the miracle of the transformation from fetal to newborn life. Chapter 3 describes the history of the cesarean section. Dr....

The Electronic Age

We’ve been having problems with our daily newspaper delivery, so in frustration, I quit our home delivery. Instead, we now subscribe to an e-version of our local paper. It is amazing to see the entire paper there on my computer screen, color comics and all. It...

Effect of Expert Advice on Decision-Making

“A study, by three neuroscientists, at Emory University, finds that when given expert advice, the decision-making part of our brain shuts down. That’s not a big deal if the advice we are receiving is good. But what if it isn’t?“ The above is copied from a...

Playing Jeopardy

I have been going to physical therapy for a bum knee. At a recent session, I overheard another patient telling the therapist that she had switched majors at a local college. When the therapist asked why, the patient said that all her classes were lecture. “I...