[Parentsgroup-list] OB/GYN at HUHS

Eri Matsutani eridaeri at comcast.net
Tue Nov 18 21:55:46 EST 2008

I also had Dr. Olson at the delivery for the first baby, and he is very 
experienced. Since I came to have 2 more kids after that, I can compare how 
skillful he was. He is not so talkative and may seem gruff, but he is very 
thoughtful and sincere.

P.S. Michal, I made a mistake to send this mail only to you, sorry. --Eri

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Meeta Sharma Gupta" <meeta at eecs.harvard.edu>
To: "Debrah Rud" <debrah_rud at student.hms.harvard.edu>
Cc: "Finnian Mckean Moore Gerety" <fmgerety at fas.harvard.edu>; 
<parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 12:47 PM
Subject: Re: [Parentsgroup-list] OB/GYN at HUHS

> 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.
> Thanks,
> Meeta
>> 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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