A personal touch goes a long way during pregnancy
When Cape Cod radio personality Rebecca Romo gave birth to her first son, Quinton, 25 years ago in rural Texas, the experience was very different from the birth of her second son, Lane, at Cape Cod Hospital two and a half years ago.
“Just the care and the types of things that are available now is so different,” said Romo, who was 17 at the time of Quinton’s birth. “I had one ultrasound with him during the whole pregnancy and it was really grainy. Now the technology is insane. It’s 3D and you can see exactly what they look like.”
Romo gave birth to Lane at the age of 39 and went on to have her daughter, Magnolia, six months ago when she was 41. Both pregnancy journeys were complicated and Romo, who hosts “Feel Good Mornings” weekday on 99.9 The Q, was very open with her radio audience about her pregnancy experiences, she said.
But, while the pregnancies may have been a bit complicated, the care she received from Cape Cod Hospital Obstetrician Tara Chute, MD was anything but, she said. During her first pregnancy with Quinton, Romo said she didn’t feel like her healthcare team was listening to her concerns or needs. When she met Dr. Chute early in her pregnancy with Lane, “we just clicked,” she said. Dr. Chute gave her permission to ask sensitive questions, and made her feel her concerns were being heard, she said.
“She’s really easy to talk to and she makes you feel comfortable, and I think that’s really important, especially in women’s health” she said. “I think that women don’t want to make a fuss and they don’t mention certain things. But she makes it easy to feel like you should bring this or that to her attention, which hasn’t always been my experience with other providers.”
“I went into this field to work with women and make sure they are comfortable during one of the most exciting, and yet unpredictable, times in their lives,” said Dr. Chute. “This profession is not a job, it’s a privilege, and it’s incredibly humbling to be part of likely the most important moment in a woman’s life.”
The personal attention Dr. Chute showed Romo throughout her pregnancy was especially meaningful, she said. She used to joke with the doctor that she must always be on call, because every time she had an issue during her pregnancy, Dr. Chute was always the one in the practice who responded. The observation played out when Romo went into labor with Lane on Thanksgiving day, and, sure enough, Dr. Chute was the doctor on call.
About a month later, when Romo developed a complication that required a hard-to-get medication immediately, Dr. Chute stepped in again and called every pharmacy on the Cape to find it.
“She could have farmed it out to someone else to do or could have just said ‘you’re going to have to wait (until it could be ordered)’ but she went the extra mile,” Romo said.
Two years later, when Romo was pregnant with Magnolia, she was seen mostly by another obstetrician in the Cape Cod Hospital OB/GYN practice, but Dr. Chute remained in the picture. When Romo was in for a visit one day to have a nonstress test, Dr. Chute popped her head into the room just to see if everything was going well.
“She makes you feel like there’s a personal relationship,” she said.
Dr. Chute said she was happy to support Romo during her birth experience and “am glad to be a resource for women on the Cape.”
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