Special deliveries often take precedence in the life of baby doctor
Few fathers have brought as many babies into the world as Thomas Goldenberg.
Dr. Goldenberg, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Tahoe Women’s Care delivers cargo of the most precious sort.
Being an obstetrician is an instrumental profession, but like everything else, it has its ups and downs.
“It does conflict sometimes with family functions,” Goldenberg said. “I’ve missed a few birthday parties and concerts at school and things like that.”
Since only four percent of births arrive on their predicted due dates, it’s difficult for doctors who deliver babies to develop a set schedule. This can make committing to events quite challenging.
“When I first started, I used to try to plan (vacations), but nobody would deliver the week I thought they would, they’d always deliver the next week, the week I’d be gone,” Goldenberg said. “Now I just try to schedule (trips) when things look light. I just leave it up to fate.”
According to Goldenberg, most babies come within a week before or a week after their due date.
“The first baby tends to come a little late and each one after that comes a little earlier,” he said. “But my wife did deliver our first child on her due date.”
Goldenberg has some advice to offer his patients who are overdue.
“I usually recommend long walks and sex and usually not at the same time,” he said.
And though most babies are born during the day, Goldenberg said night births seem to stick in people’s minds more.
“One of the funniest experiences I had was a woman who was in labor and it was taking a long time,” Goldenberg said. “Her husband wasn’t fond of the cafeteria food and so he ordered a pizza. The delivery man brought it right into her room. He comes right in and says, ‘Anyone order a pizza?’ And she was actually pretty calm about it. I don’t think she yelled at (her husband) too much.”
Not all women are as mellow when in labor. In fact, when it gets down to crunch time and panic sets in, some women think they’ve changed their minds about being a mother.
“Fortunately, once the baby’s out and they’re holding that baby in their arms, they forget all the bad stuff,” said Goldenberg, who believes the key to successful childbirth is shared goals between the patient and the doctor.
“I just try to develop common goals, a healthy, calm, relaxed birth,” Goldenberg said. “When both patient and doctor have that goal, things usually work out well.”
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