Kate McClinton was selective in choosing a doctor to deliver her firstborn child.
As an avid information-seeker and the daughter of two medical professionals, the middle school teacher interviewed a handful of obstetricians before meeting Iris Romero, MD, MS. She was immediately impressed by Dr. Romero's down-to-earth, yet straightforward, demeanor and her expertise in birthing options.
During prenatal care, Kate and Dr. Romero discussed preferences and priorities for Kate's childbirth experience.
"I always explain that yes, we want this to be a great experience for you and I don't expect it to be anything less," said Dr. Romero. "But, our number one priority is to keep you and your baby safe."
As Kate's pregnancy progressed, her confidence in Dr. Romero, her nurses, and the entire care team grew even stronger.
"As her doctor, I take 100 percent responsibility for coordinating her care, but I can't do it on my own," said Dr. Romero. "I need the other people on the care team, and we're all highly committed to ensuring a great experience for each of our patients and their families."
Kate went into labor in early May 2015, eventually choosing to deviate from her initial preference for a drug-free childbirth experience. With her blood pressure rising at an unsafe rate and after trying two unsuccessful induction methods, Kate opted for Pitocin. Additionally, after trying oral pain medications during three days of labor, she also opted for an epidural.
"Every step of the way, my care team explained different possible benefits and negatives and let me and my husband make decisions," Kate recalled. "I was informed, and I was okay. I wasn't forced into anything. We talked about every option before moving on."