Obstetrics and Shakespeare


Today was the last day of my rotation as a student nurse in obstetrics, and I have one regret from this semester that I think will haunt me for the rest of my life.

For those of you who don’t remember high school English class, in Macbeth, the title character learns early in the play that no one who is “of woman born can harm Macbeth,” which he takes to mean that he is invincible. Later on, Macduff reveals that he was “from his mother’s womb untimely ripp’d.” And then he kills Macbeth.

In January, I assumed that at some point over the course of this semester, I would have had the opportunity to refer to a child born by C-section as one “from his mother’s womb untimely ripp’d,” but it never happened. I even got to see a Caesarian birth from inside the operating room, but I didn’t think about it at the time.

Life slips away far too fast. If you’re not careful, all the opportunities you think you’ll have will pass you by.


    title = {Obstetrics and Shakespeare},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2012-03-26,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2012/03/26/obstetrics-and-shakespeare/}


Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Obstetrics and Shakespeare" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 26 Mar 2012. Web. 24 Mar 2018. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2012/03/26/obstetrics-and-shakespeare/>


Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2012, Mar 26). Obstetrics and Shakespeare [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2012/03/26/obstetrics-and-shakespeare/


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