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Obstetrics – Hormoz Farhat, MD Video

Announcer: Now, here’s our reporter, Lora Windsor, who has more on OB services for the underserved population.

Visuals: Announcer is a male in a suit. He is in front of a news studio background with glass and wood panels and a large monitor with the title “American Health Journal.”

Reporter: Medical care during pregnancy and childbirth is crucial for a healthy outcome for both mom and baby.

Visual: The announcer is a female in a suit, introduced with the title “Lora Windsor – American Health Journal” in lower-third. In the background are rows of TV monitors playing various medical videos. The largest monitor has the title “OB Services” and includes clips of a technician performing an ultrasound on a pregnant woman.

Reporter (V.O.): We spoke with Dr. Hormoz Farhat at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in the San Fernando Valley and asked about the new program in Obstetrics offered at the hospital for the underserved population.

V.O. visuals: Farhat being interviewed in a studio; exterior main entrance to hospital; Farhat talking with pregnant patient in her hospital room.

Hormoz Farhat, M.D.: The program is having a twenty-four hours, seven days a week, in-house board-certified obstetrician….

Visual: Close-up of Farhat, wearing a white coat, in the studio with foliage a purple wall in the background.

Farhat (V.O.): …present in the hospital the whole time. And that’s because a lot more presence and service for the patients because of the nature of the obstetrics that is always unpredictable…

V.O. visual: Pregnant patient in the hospital bed talking with Farhat as he reviews information on a clipboard.

Farhat: …always comes with a lot of on-call complications so you have to be prepared.

Farhat (V.O.): There are issues with obstetrics that is a matter of minutes…

V.O. visual: Farhat showing a nurse a patient chart while walking up hospital corridor toward and past camera.

Farhat: …not even an hour, not even a half an hour. A patient comes in a very critical condition and the baby is caught prolapsing out, coming out, baby’s heart rate is at jeopardy, so you only have a few minutes to save that baby. This is not possible or at least to give the best care if you don’t have that service. So, Valley Presbyterian is the only one right now…

Farhat (V.O.): …in our area in the San Fernando Valley that is providing this service.

V.O. visual: Exterior of hospital buildings.

Farhat: Neglecting the prenatal care and for some reason is the lack of the…

Farhat (V.O.): …either insurance to not having the knowledge that…

V.O. visual: Close-up of pregnant woman as technician administers an ultrasound

Farhat: …this is important to get care during the course of the pregnancy and avoid some of the complications that very much is avoidable if someone gets care from the doctor during that period of time. And, number three is the culture of some of the residents in this area that…

Farhat (V.O.): …they think because they had a couple of babies before they know everything about it so…

V.O. visual: Young mother holding and rocking baby.

Farhat: …they want to come at the last minute, which the last minute always, I can’t say always, but most of the time is associated with…

Farhat (V.O.): …some complication. The matter of the baby’s condition of receiving oxygen from the mother, it’s a very important thing…

V.O. visual: Pregnant woman on gurney being rolled into the ER; Nurse administering an ultrasound to a pregnant woman with the results displayed on a monitor.

Farhat: ...and if for some reason, the baby does not get enough oxygen toward the last minutes of the labor and arriving late or neglected in that respect…

Farhat (V.O.): …then brain damage is one of them.

V.O. visual: Close-up of monitor displaying results of a baby’s brain scan.

Farhat: And that’s one of the most important emergencies of obstetrics to make sure that the babies are well delivered before any deprivation of oxygen happens.

Farhat (V.O.): The limitation of the function of a nurse or a midwife prohibits them from acting on a patient that needs immediate surgery.

V.O. visual: Labor & Delivery sign hanging from ceiling in hospital corridor; Farhat discussing a patient’s chart with a nurse in the labor unit of the hospital.

Farhat: So that is why the presence of a well-qualified obstetrician to handle all of these on-call complications that may arise and its only a matter of minutes…

Farhat (V.O.): …so someone has to be there to make the decision to perform the procedure and to save that mother and the baby. It is rewarding. I still look at obstetrics as a happy field.

V.O. visual: Doctor and assistant in the delivery room performing a procedure on a patient; close-up of Farhat and nurse smiling and talking.

Farhat: I still feel that you’re part of the patient’s family when, you know, you’re presenting to them a new baby.

Announcer: Whether you’re pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant you will want to give your baby a healthy start so make sure you get the proper medical treatment. For the American Health Journal, I’m Lora Windsor.

Visual: In the background are rows of TV monitors playing various medical videos. The largest monitor includes clips of Farhat and patient seen earlier. End screen has title “American Health Journal –”