Here's my weekly summary of some blog posts that got me thinking:
Medrants wrote about one of my pet peeves: overstepping consultants. When physicians fail to observe basic courtesies towards their colleagues, they open themselves up to criticism of thoughtlessness from patients as well.
Dr. Val pointed me to Dr. Crippen's discussion of malpractice standards in different countries. His post mentions a light penalty for a NZ home birth midwife whose negligence resulted in a bad outcome for a baby. This got me thinking about home birth practices in general, even more so when I found in one of my old residency blog posts a memory of an unpleasant blow-up between an OB attending at a homebirth midwife. In my current prenatal practice, we provide parallel care to women who desire homebirth, and although I am supportive of this option for women with low-risk pregnancies, I often struggle with individual cases of women who fall short of my low-risk criteria and choose to attempt birth at home. I plan to write more about this subject soon.
Have a great weekend!