Tips on…Your obstetrics rotation
Meet the lead midwife or nurse - They are in charge of the labour ward. Get some hands on experience by asking to shadow one of the midwives.
- By: Kar Hao Teoh
Talk to midwives - They are hugely knowledgeable about deliveries - doctors sometimes lack their breadth of experience. They can teach you to fill in and read a partogram, to interpret cardiotocograms, and to correctly deliver a baby and check the placenta.
Clerk patients - Talk to as many patients as possible - in antenatal clinics, in postnatal clinics, and in triage. Speak to postnatal mothers, and ask about their experiences - was childbirth as they had expected, and would they have done anything differently?
Spend a day doing obstetrics triage - You'll see mothers with acute problems, such as abdominal pain, bleeding, and discharge. Some might be in labour. Try to follow the mother to be into the labour ward (with her permission, of course) to observe or even to deliver the baby.
Visit the early pregnancy assessment unit - Also known as the pregnancy support unit, this nurse