They say you always remember your first one. And for vaginal deliveries, this is mine:
Intern year. I was on a gyn service for the July month. Gyn interns were also on the L&D call schedule. My first call was July 4th. Dr. Smith was the in-house attending for the day. Obviously no inductions were scheduled for that day but some came in in labor.
I obviously was COMPLETELY clueless. Not only did I have no fricken' idea about this doctoring bit, I had no clue about anything on this floor. Thank God we had good nurses that day (who REALLY hated July). I'm also really happy that it was Dr. Smith on for my first. I don't think anything could phase that man.
So, the patient had managed to deliver her child. And we're awaiting the placenta. Dr. Smith tells me to pull a little on the cord. So I did. Just a little. Nothing happened because, well, I was so terrified that my "pull" was about as strong as a gnat's would be. Smith smiled and said "Pull like you mean it." So I did.
And evulsed the damned cord.
Smith just looks at me then with a smirk on his face said "Well now you did it. Go after it!"
"Stick you hand into her uterus and manually remove the placenta." Which I did, after giving him the WTF look.
And that was my first delivery.