Dr. Christiane Northrup told me a wonderful story when I interviewed her for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything. Here is an excerpt from that story:
Although I was in medical school, I figured I’d just do research and never actually practice. I had watched my aunt and uncle, who were both medical doctors, lead a life that I just wasn’t interested in. They were on call constantly, they had to leave every Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner, and it looked like a lousy way to live.
Then we had our first Ob/Gyn rotation. When the other medical students and I gathered to watch our first delivery, I was so moved I began to cry—I thought I was going to fall down on the floor sobbing. Luckily, I had been in the culture of medicine long enough to know that I didn’t want to be seen as a crying woman who loses it, especially when we were one of the first classes that included a significant number of women.
One of the medical students hadn’t clamped the umbilical cord properly, and it became a mini fire hose, spurting blood all over the room. (more…)