[Parentsgroup-list] OB/GYN at HUHS

Manjari C. Miller mchatter at fas.harvard.edu
Tue Nov 18 12:36:58 EST 2008

Hey Deb (and Finn),

Just had to chime in: I ultimately had John Goldman who I loved (calm, =

reassuring) and Dr. Olson who I hated (I was in my 7th month, relieved =

that everything was going well, said as much to Olson, who responded that =

you never know what might happen and that he had just that morning =

attended the stillbirth of a woman who was 7 months pregnant--needless to =

say I was horrified and stressed out). Anyway the point being that an =

Ob-gyn is a very personal preference--try all of them before you decide on =



On Tue, 18 Nov 2008, Debrah Rud wrote:

> 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, =
> just seemed a bit condescending ? 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) a=
> pushed as long as they would let me but my poor =B3little=B2 guy was face=
 up 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 =
> 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 tha=
t I
> would not have been able to push him out without the aid of the forceps.
> Anyway, good luck to everyone expecting. So exciting!
> Debrah
> 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 HU=
HS.  I
>> spent my entire pregnancy with HUHS, so I have interacted with all the O=
Bs 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 day=
s post
>> due date) with my primary OB, Dr. Gail Guzelian, and I highly recommend =
>> My son had pooped in the womb, which in some cases signals fetal distres=
s, 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 co=
me 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 compl=
>> 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 fr=
>> pediatrics to be present for the birth, and she got my son out quickly a=
>> passed him right to them for resuscitation and suctioning.  Because of t=
>> quick and capable actions, in 5 minutes my son went from an apgar score =
of 3
>> to a score of 9.  I was really hoping for a natural unmedicated birth du=
>> my pregnancy, but I am so thankful that I delivered at Brigham and Women=
s with
>> an OB who knew what she was doing and with all the resources they have i=
n case
>> anything does go wrong.
>> When I was pregnant I was a little jealous of everyone who got the midwi=
>> service through Mt. Auburn, and I was really worried about delivering at=
>> hospital with so many high risk deliveries where I assumed they would sh=
>> interventions down my throat.  This is more for other parents on the lis=
t who
>> have these concerns - Dr. Guzelian and my nurse were very supportive of =
>> desires to have a natural childbirth.  I didn't end up needing pitocin (=
>> waters broken), and they were happy about that, and totally willing to l=
et me
>> do my own thing and didn't once offer an epidural (because I told them n=
ot 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 wan=
ted 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 delive=
ry. I
>>> wonder if anyone has a recommendation as to specific doctors or an expe=
>>> to share about using this group. Any feedback, positive or negative, wo=
uld be
>>> appreciated.
>>> Thanks
>>> Finn Moore Gerety
>>> G2 Sanskrit & Indian Studies
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