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knitter4democracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-08 05:15 PM
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130. Her doctor is someone, after this story, I don't trust. Thanks.
First of all, FPs don't do high-risk pregnancies. They don't have the training. Their residencies are only three years long and encompass surgery, peds, internal medicine, and Ob/Gyn. Ob/Gyns spend five years in residency only on Ob/Gyn. They're the ones who handle high risk pregnancies. That's the standard of care.

So, from the first, it's fishy. The doctor is hours away from where they live in Juneau (where the governor is supposed to live, anyway). She's at a facility without a NICU. She should have refused to treat and referred Palin to a high-risk pregnancy specialist (I'm sure there's at least one in Ancorage or Juneau). She didn't. She told a woman in pre-term labor in a high risk pregnancy that it was okay to give her speech and fly home after her water broke--when you only have 24 hours at the most to get the baby out. Standard of care would've been for her to go straight to the nearest hospital with the right facilities (specialists, NICU, good ER, etc.). Her doctor did not meet the standard of care. If anything had happened to Palin or the baby, it would've been an instant lawsuit.

Add in the political favors Palin has given the good doctor, and it gets fishier.
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