I have always wanted to help people. It was a trait my parents engrained in us as we grew up. In particular I feel a special calling to care for pregnant women.
During my career, the technology available to us has developed exponentially. Both the mother and her baby are now patients. As obstetrics evolved, so did pediatrics both in the area of neonatology and the treatment of children with congenital and inherited conditions. We as obstetricians and maternal fetal medicine specialists are caring for patients, who 30 or 40 years ago would not have survived to adulthood. Now they are surviving and leading very normal adult lives. However, they do require additional care while pregnant. Our ability to diagnose conditions of babies prenatally, allows us to anticipate additional services that may be needed and therefore we are able to coordinate care of the mother to maximize the outcome for both the mother and the baby.
Obstetrics is a unique field of medicine because it requires medical, surgical, psychological and technological skills. Although we are specialists and sometimes subspecialists, we are often times primary care providers for women.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?
Family time. Very active with our church and community. Gardening, music, sports.
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