My dear friends of Entry batch sixty four,
Expectations and concerns over unborn lives
Even more, if mums do carry, multiple babies
Mental agony, Obstericians daily do go through
Felt surely, by non other, only by a similar fellow
Ups and downs of a life of an Obstetrician
Thousands of babies are daily born
Not sparing night, day or every morn,
Wriggling mothers in agonizing pain,
Do await for the touch of an Obstetrician
Just on time, as an intervention divine
Healing all worries, arrives the Obstetrician
My dear mates, Your loving care and touch,
To the mother in pain sure did mean so much!
Flocked on the corridor & outside the door
The kith and kin headed by hubby, you adore
Each takes a sigh of relief, ‘ the doctor is here’
I know my mate, burden is ours, none to share
When things go well, everyone is beaming & happy
Congratulations you offer to the enthusiastic hubby
‘Both mother and child well & everything is normal’
Those words are to the kith & kin are sweet as honey!
However it isn’t always a bed of tosses for the doctors
When things do not go smoothly ours is a lonely place
Situation certainly is exaggerated for the Obstetricians
Normality expected, if derailed, unbearable is darkness
To Obstetricians there is no difference in day or night
Such long hours we worked even old dog barks at sight
Saviours we were, who helped the nations to expand
An obstetricians is the most humane creation of The God!
Ariya de Silva
14 thoughts on ““A Tribute to our Obstetricians””
-“An obstetrician is the most humane creation of The God!” – Ariya.
-Do you know how many were created from our 64 batch? I bet there are many.
-Which specialities will stand second & third.
-Radiologists may be at the bottom of Gods list.!!!! ?????
I do recall you writing about the life of an Obstetrician and the service you all do. I being a sub-specialty Obstetric Anaesthetist, do share the sentiments of high risk specialties and people fail to recognise that Obstetrics is the only field of medicine which could result in 200% mortality when things go wrong with baby on board !! Risks associated with Obstetric practice is even higher today with increase in C-section rates, Preterm deliveries & Assisted reproductive technologies.
My comments in March 2018 in response to your column still stands although I have retired from practice now after 25 years of Women’s Anaesthesia in Tertiary referral centres in Australia & New Zealand.
My dear Abey,
I do agree the anaesthetist’s skill
In Obstetrics being extremely vital
You have to use drugs very powerful
Yet save baby from a deep sleeping spell
There is a very interesting story now I must tell
You taught me how to give an Obstetrics epidural
We were working in Stevenage many moons ago
You were anaesthetic registrar I was Obst, Senior HO
This was the time when a Clever anaesthetist somewhere
Developed to control Obstetric pain epidural S analgesia
Was a novelty, you were good at it as Anaesthetic registrar
Being batch mate, taught me, in Stevenage, Obst. Registrar
As the procedure was a novelty then and to familirise to mums
A TV crew from London came to us as a keen user was my boss
They want ademonstration o that photos could be shown in TV
Everyone was camera shy, task fell on sacrificial lamb, poor me.
Of course it was a situation akin to offering ‘a tortise to swim’
Ariya explained in detail knowing Will be shown in TVs London
Though I am bearly five foot tall, felt like seven feet tall then
So my dear Abey, thanks to your generosity, I became a TV item.
A very grateful Ariya
No no no, Seelan I do not agree
It is not the job but how one does it
Surely makes the difference.
When it come to you my dear,
You are a rare blessing to our profession
Clearly on the top of the tree & not elsewhere
To my knowledge you are right about Obstetricians
Quite a lot had chosen Obstetrcs
Do come to mind. Obviously list above is incmplete.
I may be wrong but cannot think of anyone from the fairer sex.
From the fairer sex, I can think of Rajeswary Rajasingham
Dear Lucky, Aley and Rahul
For a grave mistake I am liable
Just realised, above names regal
Omitted, a serious error, punishable
At these difficult times for all of us
The dedicated website Sam created
Is a great blessing, it keeps us together
As it Gives a chance for a lively chit chat
Why doesn’t anyone talk about Psychiatrists?
We are the poor buggers who handle the ‘fall out’ from the mistakes of all the other specialities. Even if a mistake results in a fatality, the surviving members come to us with the resultant emotional fall out.
So dear friends, in all the other ‘super specialities’ spare for a thought for the Psychiatrist, long thought to be at the bottom of the pile, but who is the ultimate refuge of those who suffer the most difficult pain – mental pain.
Wishing everyone the very best for the New Year.
By the way Sam, has the Blog got a new ‘face lift’? It looks different.
My dear friend, you as an eminent psychuatrist
It is not necessary to to get under your color sweat
Conversation bhere sparked wss to stimulate a debate
To not allow Covid to swallow batch 64 fighting spirit
When every doctor has messed up physical well being
Psychuatrists are the angles whose minds are supreme
They do not get involved with wombs wounds & babies
You all are on busy repairing to broken mundane minds
So dear chum, keep your dignity and live in blissful peace
Allowing us to deal with babies, wombs,& hysterectomies
As you explained, you are our last hope, when messed up
So drop your anger keep the pristine mind to heal our woes
Thanks Ariya, Nice poem. Like you say, Obstetrics is very rewarding when everything goes well but is quite hellish when things go wrong. Survived 39 years of Obstetrics practice.
Congratulations Cletus, for having had a marvelous long career in Obstetrics, especially in a ‘Law suites happy’ continent. It is very nice that Sam has not only created an efficient medium for ys to have a chit chat, he dies an enormous amount of work on daily basus responding our writings. Wudh you and the family a very happy new year.
Yes hats off to all obstetricians. None of us will be here without the Obstetricians. All our batch mates ended up with an IQ over 120. Thanks to good obstetric practices and the obstetricians who delivered us without brain damage.
I was glad to help them out with anesthesia at all odd times , to deliver the babies.
Thanks Ariya for sending very nice poem appreciation of obstetricians service. I have completed fifty years of service as a Obstetrician in Sri-Lanka and UK.
Congratulations Indragee, for the excellent, long spell
Over half a century serving the nation, with great skill
You are blessed with such caring qualities, my dear pal
For the lucky mothers, analgesic is your calming smile