What is life-affirming medicine?
“…it means putting the patient as a whole individual, beloved by God first- ahead of the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.”
Pro-life medicine is the growing movement to combine pro-life values in the way we practice women’s healthcare. This means encouraging centers like Tepeyac OB/GYN that combine excellent medicine with respect for human dignity. The pro-life medical movement is a unique and important contribution to the national conversation on women’s healthcare. Divine Mercy Care helps the pro-life movement be more medically-minded, and the medical field be more pro-life.
Rotations at Tepeyac OB/GYN
As a part of Divine Mercy Care’s work of educating the next generation of healthcare professionals, DMC coordinates medical rotations with Tepeyac OB/GYN and students.
Through this program, students have the opportunity to gain experience at a pro-life medical practice at Tepeyac OB/GYN’s Fairfax, VA medical office and gain insight and experience in practicing merciful medicine.
If you are interested in pursuing a medical rotation with Tepeyac OB/GYN, please email [email protected].
We have a limited number of rotations, and requests should be submitted to Divine Mercy Care at least six months in advance. Priority is given to medical residents.
Former Tepeyac medical assistant, Mary Godeaux, (pictured above with Dr. Bruchalski) shares her story as a Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) Nurse:
“I have always been pro-life and advocated for respect for life in the womb. However when I started my job as a NICU nurse, I was given a whole new perspective of why I am pro-life.
I have taken care of babies born as early as 22 weeks gestation. They are extremely fragile and typically weigh one pound. Their skin is translucent, their eyes aren’t open yet, their lungs are extremely underdeveloped, yet these tiny babies are fighters – they have a will and a desire to live.
These tiny babies react to touch, light and sound. They feel pain. They stabilize when their mothers hold them skin to skin. And though they have a lot of hurdles to go through in the NICU, I’ve witnessed many graduate and go home
My eyes have truly been opened to how precious life is in the womb and now more than ever, I strongly believe that life begins at conception.”