Between the conversations going on in the comments section of the post titled "Do Preemies Feel Pain" and a recent conversation I had with someone in the field, I am left wondering what "first do no harm" really means when it comes to neonatology.
I do have a hard time thinking that neo's are out there doing harm on purpose or maliciously. I'm sure there are some, but for the most part, I am the type of person who feels that there is good in all.
So, that leaves me questioning how they do it. Are they only resuscitating very early preemies because the parents request it? Are they all offering comfort care? Do they feel they are doing the right thing? Are they driven by fame (wanting to save the most or the earliest)? Are they driven by money? The God complex? The baby Doe laws?
Do they wonder what happens to our little ones? Do they really want to know? Does the knowledge of the adverse outcomes change the way they do their job?
Am I telling my story for nothing?