- OB to mother who was facing a cesarean after a failed external cephalic version.
“Your birth plan looks fine. What I recommend is some pitocin or rupture of membranes to get things moving.”
- OB ignoring what the birth plan actually stated and the preferences of the mother.
“Look, I have a low cesarean section rate. Most of my patients don’t get epidurals because I don’t like bothering you to much during labor. Take a shower or bath, rock on a ball, sing, moan, do what you need to control your pain. If it gets to bad and you truly want one and we discuss the pros and cons, I can order you one. I don’t like vaginal exams. Let me exam you once at the beginning just to see where you are and I am ok unless YOU feel one is needed. I support breastfeeding. I am here to support the mother, her partner, and if you choose to have your kids present, them also. Birth is family matter with me and shouldn’t be a huge hospital ordeal.”
- OB to mother when discussing the OB’s practice style for labor and birth.
“I’m pretty laid back. As long as everything’s going normally, you can do pretty much whatever you want. Why don’t you write up a birth plan and bring it with you to your next appointment so we can put a copy in your file?” – Certified Nurse Midwife to mother at a prenatal appointment.
“She doesn’t seem to need anything from us right now. Could we look over her birth plan one more time?” – Midwife talking to her apprentice at a homebirth as the mother labored.
“At our practice we don’t want to do any interventions unless they are medically necessary. We know your body was designed to do this, so we just want to step in and help if you need it or request it.” – OB at a prenatal when the birth plan was being gone over.
“What kind of birth do you want?” - Patient Advocate or Social Worker to mother as she was on her way to the OR for a cesarean, which was unexpected, an emergency, and at a completely different hospital then the birth center where the birth was planned to happen.