Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Geriatric Obstetrics

At the OB appointment yesterday

Me: On this form for the lab work, "High Risk" is checked. Is that just because of my age?

OB: Yes, we consider anyone over the age of 35 a high risk pregnancy.

Me: I've had all my kids at over the age of 35.

OB: (Breaking into a goofy grin) Yes, I noticed that. Got a bit of a late start, didn't you?

Me: I'm making up for it.

Hasn't the man read Aesop? I was about to mention that the Tortoise, too, got a late start, but I thought better of it--he may have come back with something about my resembling the Hare in terms of fertility...

**sigh** I'll be glad to switch to my midwife in the last few weeks...I don't feel like such a curiosity with her, as she delivers babies for lots of big families and older mamas. And she never asks me, "So, do you think you'll be done after this one?"

4 comments:

  1. I happily found an OB that delivers for lots of big Catholic families. After my last six week check up he asked me how many months were between our kids. When I told him about 20, he did some mental calculations, patted my leg, smiled,and said, "I'll see you this summer."

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  2. I believe they call it advanced maternal age:)

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  3. In medical terms you (and me) are "elderly grand multiparas" - over 35 and given birth several times!!!

    Thank God I have a lovely Catholic OB who is so used to older mothers - no pressure for blood tests etc

    I am laughing at your little conversation.

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