“Men at Work” by Robert Laughlin

19 Aug

Van, an obstetrician

Eventually, new nurses and interns broach the subject of starting respiration with the father’s breath, not my slap on the bottom. “Yes,” I always say, “and fill the child’s lungs with cold or flu viruses the father didn’t know he was incubating.” That ends the discussion.

There is another reason I don’t mention. Call me a cynic, but I think it’s a disservice to the newborn to let them think the world is going to be gentle with them.

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