When I tell people what I do for a living, that's what they say.
"It must be such a happy place!"
"You are so lucky!"
The nurses and I were talking about this yesterday. L&D is the happiest place in the hospital...until it's not.
Do we talk about the term stillbirths? Or the nightmarish scenarios of losing a mom? Tell them about coding a newborn? I used to have nightmares about some of the deformities I had seen...I don't anymore. Delivered one recently that had multiple anomalies...my resident had to leave the room, it upset her so much. My practice has lost 6 babies so far this year, either as stillbirths or shortly after delivery. Do we talk about the crackheads on their umpteenth baby who refuse to get sterilized?
We don't. We just nod and say "Yes, it's great."
Until it's not.