We got a lovely email from listener Kristin, a first-year medical student who’s trying to decide between OB/Gyn and Family Medicine. So it’s pretty lucky that Dr. Katie is married to a family med doc, Dr. Adam Verhoef. The three docs discuss the areas of overlap, the differences, and the benefits to each specialty as they see them. And Dave discusses an article that suggests we should stop telling moms that breast feeding is free.
That drug you count on? It might not always be around. The Vagibonds talk about why shortages of medicines and medical supplies happen and what common items are in short supply right now. Plus the implant Essure is taken off the market.
Dr. Katee, inspired by a Women’s Health article she read, discusses the things OB/Gyns want you to know but won’t tell you. Except that she and Dr. Corbin will tell you because that’s how they roll. And Dave puzzles over a thoughtful article in the Atlantic about the so-called sex recession.
The Zika virus caused quite the stir in the news a couple years ago. It made few people feel sick…but its effects on developing fetuses was horrifying, causing multiple, profound birth defects. It has receded from the news since then, but it’s effects are still being felt, especially in warmer climates…including Corbin’s current home, Texas. So what are the effects of Zika? How is it prevented? Are there treatments available for its effects? And what do doctors do to support those affected?
Dr. Corbin takes us on a journey into breech birth, something many are familiar with because of the condition’s associate with c-sections (stay tuned for a future show on that). The term, of course, refers to the fact that the baby is improperly positioned in the uterus at or close to the time of birth. We’ll talk about what kinds of breech positions there are, how obstetricians deal with them, and the potential complications of a breech delivery.
Their long hours and constant learning might be trying to kill them, but specifically, what do they do during all those hours? Most people think of OB/Gyns as delivering babies all the time, but don’t forget the ‘gyn’ side. Also, Dave likes the sound of a new program in New Jersey which throws community baby showers for women of color and their families while working to reduce the impact of institutional racism on maternal and infant mortality.
Because Katee and Corbin’s schedules are challenging, The Vagibonds are switching to an every-two-weeks schedule. I know, it sucks, but it’s what they must do. In the meantime, enjoy this rebirthed episode. –Dave
This week the Vagibonds are joined by Dr. Jillian Claire to discuss the FDA’s recent approval of the app Natural Cycles for use as birth control. We recommend listening to our episode on fertility awareness because we reference it… a lot.
So, you’re having a baby. You go to the hospital…and then a lot of things happen to you and are done to you. Why do OBs do all those things? What even are those things? Corbin leads us through all the things that may happen to the typical mother as she begins her labor, from getting her cervix measured, fetal monitoring, pushing, and finally, finally!…having a baby.
[Katee and Corbin are, as always, being amazing at their residencies this week. But since being a doctor often means sacrificing other bits of life, take in this rebirthed episode until next week. –Dave]
If you have been following the news, you likely have seen that a recent Trump administration policy has forced children crossing the border with their parents without proper documentation to be stripped away from their parents and held in prison-like detention centers. This week Katee, Corbin, and Dave talk about the research behind how “Adverse Childhood Experiences” (ACEs) affect brain development and life long health.From the backround to the pathology and finally its implications.
Lord knows Dave could use a good challenge once in a while. It is in this spirit, and certainly not that of causing him any embarrassment, that Katee challenges Dave to see if he knows his way around the abbreviations commonly used in obstetrics. Can he do it? No, he cannot, but along the way he’ll learn a thing or two. Later, Katee’s brain breaks down due to lack of sleep.