Gynecology was a very different experience than what I expected.  There is such a hype about child birth, about the miracle of life, yet I found that the doctors and nurses were so accustomed birth that it did not phase them.  Since only some gynecological procedures are planned and some can happen at any instant, the department has many slow, quiet days and other busy days.  The doctors explained to me that you can never really anticipate any activity unless it is a planned procedure.  

While in gynecology I was able to see what I will consider 3.5 different procedures/events.  

  • Curettage – this is a procedure to remove tissue by scooping or scraping.  This was once an abortion technique, but now they use vaccum aspiration for that.  We were told that the patient had miscarried and that was the reason for the procedure.
  • Cesarian Section- a few cuts right below the abdomen and boom there is suddenly a baby! Quite literally felt that way.  
  • Tubal ligation “tubes tied” – after the C- section she had asked to have this procedure.  They tie a string on two sections of the fallopian tubes and then cut the region between the ties.  This is considered a permanent form of birth control. 
  • Natural delivery – it happened simultaneously with the C-section so I only saw the baby who was born at an early age and taken to neonatology.  (I only saw 1/2 thus the total of 3.5)

Although gynecology was very interesting, I think the babies were much cuter than the birthing process as a whole.  I do not think I will become a gynecologist, but sometimes it is just as important to find out what you like as it is what you do not like.