Dr. Szmuc recalls a preterm labor patient success story from his time at Banner Desert Medical Center.
I had a patient a few years back, four or five years ago, which happened to be a friend of my daughter’s who was pregnant – first time, first baby, going perfectly fine. She came into the office and said at about 26 weeks along,
“I just don’t feel the baby moving the way it has been.”
And that’s a very common complaint at that point and usually it doesn’t pan out to be a problem. I had my ultrasound tech look at the baby right at that time and she said, “This baby is having a problem. We need to move quickly.”
So we got her here at the hospital within a couple of minutes in the labor and delivery unit, did a quick repeat ultrasound here, showed that the baby, yes, is in danger, severe danger because the blood supply had been shutting down.
So we did an emergency C-section within the next two minutes and this baby survived and is doing very well in the world and was born just over a pound. Well that makes me feel great that, you know, we do have a role here and we can save people and make a difference.
About Dr. Edward D. Szmuc, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.:
Dr. Edward D. Szmuc, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is board certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Banner Desert Medical Center in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Szmuc earned his M.D. from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo and completed his residency at Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts.