My minor omissionBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7458.144 (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:144
- Michael Burg, residency programme director
- department of emergency medicine, Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands
“Push, push, push, puuuuuush,” I command. The labouring woman in lithotomy position before me focuses, bears down, and complies with a vigorous effort.
The nurses on either side supporting her legs encourage as well: “Give a good push, dear. Come on, push this little baby out into the world.” We labour together, the mother, as always, doing most of the work. The nurses, my “assistants,” know more than I do at this early point in my medical career. However, as an intern on rotation to obstetrics and gynaecology, I feel that I must have attended a billion deliveries this month. “I could do this in my sleep,” I think, which is a damn good thing because I am practically comatose, the result of far too many …