[Parentsgroup-list] OB/GYN at HUHS

Meeta Sharma Gupta meeta at eecs.harvard.edu
Tue Nov 18 12:47:56 EST 2008

Hi Finn,

I had Dr. Susan Mikaelian throughout my pregnancy whom we really liked,
but my son was delivered by Dr. Goldman. I really liked him, he was quite
reassuring. I had a normal delivery but my progress was quite slow. He
tried to keep the situation light for me, and so everything went fine.
I agree it is a personal preference, I think you should meet up with the
doctors and go by your instinct.


> Manjari (and all),
> Funny! Yes, certainly personal preference and experiences with the Drs
> make
> all the difference.
> Deb
> On 11/18/08 12:36 PM, "Manjari C. Miller" <mchatter at fas.harvard.edu>
> wrote:
>> 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
>> one.
>> Best,
>> Manjari
>> 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©öt say exactly why,
>>> he
>>> just seemed a bit condescending ? he has a way of always saying ©øwe©÷
>>> -- ©øHow
>>> are we doing today?©÷.  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 ©ølittle©÷ 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 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!
>>> 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
>>>> HUHS.
>>>> I
>>>> spent my entire pregnancy with HUHS, so I have interacted with all the
>>>> OBs
>>>> 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 how
>>>> my OB behaves when things go wrong.  I had a scheduled induction (10
>>>> days
>>>> post
>>>> due date) with my primary OB, Dr. Gail Guzelian, and I highly
>>>> recommend her.
>>>> 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
>>>> (cord
>>>> wrapped around the neck), and Dr. Guzelian told me that if he doesn't
>>>> come
>>>> 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
>>>> completely
>>>> right - I managed to push him out 1 minute before the "deadline", and
>>>> it was
>>>> 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
>>>> their
>>>> 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
>>>> during
>>>> my pregnancy, but I am so thankful that I delivered at Brigham and
>>>> Womens
>>>> with
>>>> an OB who knew what she was doing and with all the resources they have
>>>> in
>>>> case
>>>> 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
>>>> shove
>>>> interventions down my throat.  This is more for other parents on the
>>>> list
>>>> who
>>>> 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
>>>> (just
>>>> waters broken), and they were happy about that, and totally willing to
>>>> let
>>>> me
>>>> do my own thing and didn't once offer an epidural (because I told them
>>>> not
>>>> 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
>>>> wanted
>>>> 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
>>>>> delivery.
>>>>> I
>>>>> wonder if anyone has a recommendation as to specific doctors or an
>>>>> experience
>>>>> to share about using this group. Any feedback, positive or negative,
>>>>> would
>>>>> be
>>>>> appreciated.
>>>>> Thanks
>>>>> Finn Moore Gerety
>>>>> G2 Sanskrit & Indian Studies
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