Dr. Mills recalls a memorable patient success story that took place at Banner Desert Medical Center.
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There are many of them and some of them are success stories not in the way that you would think of successes in our business. I think some of the first things that motivated me to get started and look at those successes was in early part of my training. I actually did a pediatric internship and during that process I also worked in the obstetrics area as part of the rotation and became more and more, while doing the pediatric part of it, frustrated by some of the babies and some of the things we were seeing that on the obstetrics side we could see we could make a difference and actually take on a fulfiller role as maybe the baby’s first pediatrician before the babies are delivered and we could get babies out. So, a number of those circumstances were, sort of got me started in the obstetrics direction. Probably one of the first patients that really sort of solidified that for me was a patient during my residency that had come in wanting a home delivery, wanting a very low-tech, a very calm atmosphere, no adventure, just a nice, quiet, happy delivery and birth until she developed severe preeclampsia. And in that process we ended up in the operating room. She did have a vaginal delivery, but she had central monitors. She had a spinal anesthesia. She had a forceps delivery and in that process we were able to get her and baby through safely, but at that time when fathers in the delivery room was uncommon we were at least able to had dad in the delivery room, allowed dad to cut the umbilical cord, and the look on their faces from just that experience in the midst of all of this other high-tech really sort of made part of the difference in how we can make a difference in attending to the persons and yet still dealing with the medical issues. So that was probably one of the first that helped me along that way. Another one to look at some of the side of when things don’t turn out successfully and we end up with babies that are born too early, too young, cannot survive, that is an experience of those families still have to get through and to be able to get through them that safely, through those experiences safely, not add to their grief, not add to the difficulties and the dilemmas, but to carefully manage their medical conditions and allow them not to have to worry about what’s going on with them medically and just deal with what they have to deal with emotionally is another part of the care we can provide even though we are not as successful as we might normally define that term.