Nervous New Father , My almost first post.

I first envisioned while my wife was pregnant.  As a nervous almost new father, wringing my hands waiting for a long 9 months to end, and a whole new life as I know it to start, I wrote this:


Mission: Medical advice about children for parents from the perspective of a new father who’s an experienced pediatrician.


Welcome to my blog.  I have been a pediatrician for 15 years, but never a father.  On my pediatric residency application I was tempted to joke, a pediatrician without kids, is like  a podiatrist without feet.  I am a great pediatrician, yet I have always known there is no replacement for personal experience over merely knowing good theory about raising children.  I have the advantage of having learned great pediatric knowledge without the emotional interference to cloud the facts and my judgment when making medical decisions.  Now I  am looking at the world through whole new eyes as a new father. 


I am writing my first entry as I sit in the hospital on the Labor and Delivery ward.  Our long anticipated due date was yesterday.  We came in this morning for our Non-Stress Test (hah!).  It is done after you’re full term to just check up on the baby and the womb.  Apparently, the amniotic fluid in there is low, so there was “no room in the womb” (say that 3 times fast), and they’ve decided it’s time for us to be put into labor.


In our case, it’s not a matter of the fluid leaking.  It’s that towards the end of pregnancy, the placenta naturally becomes more inefficient.  There are other reasons for someone to have low fluid, but ours was fine a few days ago, when we had an ultrasound with some early phase contractions.


It’s both a relief to finally be starting labor, and a disappointment that things didn’t happen naturally.  I am grateful we have the technology, to discover the fluid is low, and to catch problems before they arise.


What do you think?


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