- OB to pregnant mother when asked about water births while discussing birth options. Comment was made complete with sour face.
“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.