When Lee Roosevelt goes to a baby shower, “it opens the Pandora’s box of negative birth experiences,” says the midwife and clinical assistant professor in the University of Michigan School of Nursing. It’s not unusual for a guest to say something like, “When my cousin’s cousin first removed had her baby, the head came out and then the baby died,” Roosevelt says. “Showers are the worst.”
Social media isn’t any better, finds Dr. Shannon Clark, an OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. “Social media has allowed people to one-up each other on their birth horror stories,” she says. “You hardly ever hear, ‘I went in and I had a good labor and I delivered my baby,’ because that’s not catchy.”
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Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS is a double board certified ObGyn and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, and founder of Babies After 35. In her roles as a clinician, educator and researcher at UTMB-Galveston, she focuses on the care of people with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy. Dr. Clark has taken a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy. In her role as a physician caring for high-risk pregnancies, she has counseled and treated hundreds of women over the years in her very own situation, and has found a whole new respect for the challenges and complications a woman may experience when trying to have a baby later in life.
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