[Parentsgroup-list] OB/GYN at HUHS

Debrah Rud debrah_rud at student.hms.harvard.edu
Tue Nov 18 12:22:20 EST 2008

Hi Finn,

I agree that Dr. Guzelian is quite capable and has a great bedside manner.
She did not deliver my son, but she was there at the very beginning of my
labor. My son was delivered (9.5lbs, posterior, forceps delivery after 2
hours of pushing) by Dr. Zinner, who is absolutely fantastic, but
unfortunately she is no longer with the HUHS practice. I also liked Dr.
Olson, who was my primary OB. He has a very calm and steady manner that I
really appreciated. I did not like Dr. Goldman, can=B9t say exactly why, he
just seemed a bit condescending =8B he has a way of always saying =B3we=B2 =
-- =B3How
are we doing today?=B2.  Anyway, personal preference I suppose.

I agree with Meytal and have to say that I really was glad that my son was
born at the Brigham. I labored unmedicated (until the forceps delivery) and
pushed as long as they would let me but my poor =B3little=B2 guy was face u=
p and
stuck against my pelvic bone. While the forceps delivery was really
difficult for both my son and me, it was better than going for a c-section
after he was lodged in my pelvis. I really felt that the Brigham allowed me
to make my own decisions in terms of laboring naturally and then took the
reigns when it became dangerous, and I really feel that in retrospect that I
would not have been able to push him out without the aid of the forceps.

Anyway, good luck to everyone expecting. So exciting!

G6 PhD Program in Virology
Mother of Jackson (almost 4!)

On 11/18/08 11:07 AM, "Meytal Higgins" <budin at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:

> Hi Finn,
> =

> I have an 11 month old boy who was born at Brigham and Womens through HUH=
S.  I
> spent my entire pregnancy with HUHS, so I have interacted with all the OB=
s in
> the practice, if you have specific questions about any of them.  While I
> didn't have a C section, I didn't have the smoothest delivery, so I know =
> my OB behaves when things go wrong.  I had a scheduled induction (10 days=
> due date) with my primary OB, Dr. Gail Guzelian, and I highly recommend h=
> My son had pooped in the womb, which in some cases signals fetal distress=
, and
> I really appreciate how Dr. Guzelian handled the delivery, being cautious
> enough to be safe, yet not over paranoid.  He had a somewhat scary birth =
> wrapped around the neck), and Dr. Guzelian told me that if he doesn't com=
e out
> by a certain time, she would bring out forceps or a vacuum.  I was really
> against using these devices, but in retrospect, her instincts were comple=
> right - I managed to push him out 1 minute before the "deadline", and it =
> right in time.  His 1 minute apgar score (which takes into account vital
> signs) was very low, but luckily Dr. Guzelian had arranged for a team from
> pediatrics to be present for the birth, and she got my son out quickly and
> passed him right to them for resuscitation and suctioning.  Because of th=
> quick and capable actions, in 5 minutes my son went from an apgar score o=
f 3
> to a score of 9.  I was really hoping for a natural unmedicated birth dur=
> my pregnancy, but I am so thankful that I delivered at Brigham and Womens=
> an OB who knew what she was doing and with all the resources they have in=
> anything does go wrong.
> =

> When I was pregnant I was a little jealous of everyone who got the midwife
> service through Mt. Auburn, and I was really worried about delivering at a
> hospital with so many high risk deliveries where I assumed they would sho=
> interventions down my throat.  This is more for other parents on the list=
> have these concerns - Dr. Guzelian and my nurse were very supportive of my
> desires to have a natural childbirth.  I didn't end up needing pitocin (j=
> waters broken), and they were happy about that, and totally willing to le=
t me
> do my own thing and didn't once offer an epidural (because I told them no=
t to
> offer - however, when I asked for one, I got it, and it was great!).
> =

> I know no one wants to hear scary childbirth experience stories during
> pregnancy, and I'm sure everything will go great for you, but I just want=
ed to
> give my perspective.  Good luck and congratulations!
> =

> Best,
> Meytal  =

> G6 in Earth and Planetary Sciences
> =

> =

> =

> On Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 9:46 AM, Finnian Mckean Moore Gerety
> <fmgerety at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
>> Hello fellow parents and students--
>> My wife and I are six months pregnant and planning to deliver with the
>> Brigham
>> and Women's group through HUHS. We have medical reasons for elective
>> C-section
>> and so we are in a position to choose the doctor who will do the deliver=
y. I
>> wonder if anyone has a recommendation as to specific doctors or an exper=
>> to share about using this group. Any feedback, positive or negative, wou=
ld be
>> appreciated.
>> =

>> Thanks
>> Finn Moore Gerety
>> G2 Sanskrit & Indian Studies
>> =

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