In the United States, giving birth is safe for the vast majority of women. However, according to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 2 to 10 percent of pregnancies occur with high-risk conditions, such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes. Treating women with those high-risk situations and managing their health and the health of their babies is why Lawrence Parsley, MD, chose to go into the field of obstetrics and gynecology.
As a physician with Samaritan OB/GYN, Dr. Parsley delivers at Burdett Birth Center. His primary interests include gynecologic surgery, high-risk and emergency surgery for expectant mothers and minimally invasive surgery. For Dr. Parsley, helping women through those unexpected medical emergencies is the most rewarding part of his job.
That’s not the only factor that inspired him to pursue a career as an OB/GYN. “In my role, I get to take care of a little bit of everything,” shares Dr. Parsley. He appreciates the “unexpected” and diversity of the work – from surgery and obstetrics to well-woman preventive visits.
In fact, his advice for families choosing a birthing center reflects the unexpected: “When you’re going into labor, try your best to be flexible. Things may not go according to your birth plan, so it’s best not to have a rigid plan,” explains Dr. Parsley. “We at Burdett are going to be flexible, so please try your best to do so, as well.”
During his time at Burdett, Dr. Parsley has seen directly why the birthing center is a great choice for many women. He stresses the wide variety of options that are available – from midwife groups to OB/GYNs and pediatricians, anesthesia options to natural births – as well as appealing options, like our LDRP rooms and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).
In addition to his role as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at Burdett Birth Center through Samaritan OB/GYN – a position he’s held since 1988 – he’s also served on the Medical Executive Committee for Burdett and St. Mary’s, as the Chairman of Samaritan OB/GYN and as a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.
Another role that Dr. Parsley enjoys? That of husband, father and grandfather. Both his wife and daughter work in the field of medicine, as a nurse/medical receptionist and surgical physician assistant, respectively. He’s also an avid cyclist and enjoys spending time riding his bicycle twelve months a year.
This profile is part of a series of blog articles about the doctors, midwives, nurses and other providers at Burdett Birth Center. We hope it helps you get to know us a little better.