Saturday, December 12, 2009
Last week, I saw a 16 year old some where during her 3rd pregnancy (no prenatal care during any of her pregnancies). She came to the ER for me to evaluate the "lump" in her "belly".
This turned out to be the baby's head, and I estimated her gestational age to be about 32 weeks. As I explained the breech presentation to her and begged her to get prenatal care at our free clinic, I recommended that she take prenatal vitamins and recommended that she stop smoking. I was really in a "public health" mood that day.
The "baby-daddy" chimed in and asked if I would write a prescription for the vitamins so that their "insurance" would pay for them (Medicaid). When I told him that a month supply of prenatal vitamins cost about the same as a pack of cigarettes, he started to get angry....but he had to answer his cell phone.
Posted by erdoc85 at Saturday, December 12, 2009