- Pediatrician to mother of a just born baby who weighed 9 1/2 lbs.
“You keep talking about wanting to go into labor spontaneously, but do you realize that it is highly unlikely that you’ll be able to push this baby out? It’s really big and I’m going to be shocked if you don’t end up needing a cesarean because you can’t get it out.” – OB to mother
“Babies all weigh the same at 32 weeks, If you have a large baby, it is because you are eating too much.” – OB to mother who was concerned that her baby was large.
“She is huge ( referring to the baby). I’m not dealing with shoulder dystocia. Jjust cut her.” – OB during pushing phase.
“Well somewhere between your first baby’s weight and your second baby’s weight- the baby can’t fit.” – OB to mother who wanted to VBAC and had one prior vaginal birth and one cesarean.
“Well, I guess I was wrong. That happens sometimes. If you had let me section you yesterday, you wouldn’t be so tired. All the blame for that lies with you because I told you that you couldn’t birth a big baby vaginally. Consider it a lesson learned.” – OB to mother who wanted to labor and birth vaginally even though the doctor predicted a large baby. Ultimately the baby was born after a long labor, by cesarean weighing a little over 8 pounds.