- OB to mother who was facing a cesarean after a failed external cephalic version.
“You know, everyone outside already saw your hoo ha.”
- L&D Nurse to mother who preferred to take a shower without assistance. The mother had birthed her footling breech, premature baby in the front seat of her car in front of the Emergency Department entrance.
“In my experience babies who are breech now will stay that way until the end of pregnancy. Are you scheduling a cesarean section?” – Ultrasound Tech during ultrasound at 31 weeks to check for intrauterine growth restriction.
“A few years ago we would have let you birth breech, but on the small chance of something going wrong, we couldn’t afford to be sued.” – Family Practice doctor to mother who had a cesarean for her breech baby.
“The baby is being compressed in ways that he shouldn’t be.” – Family Practice doctor recommending an urgent cesarean to mother in labor whose baby was breech.
“If you would have come here in labor and declined a cesarean, I would have gotten a court order to declare you unfit to make medical decisions.” – OB to mother who had wanted a vaginal birth for her breech baby.
“ACOG’s recommendation doesn’t apply to you since you’re a first time mom.” – OB to mother who wanted to have a vaginal birth with her breech baby.
“No doctor worth their salt would ever allow a woman to attempt a vaginal breech birth!” – OB to mother after her cesarean for a frank breech baby.
“We don’t want to have an emergency, so let’s just schedule a cesarean.” – L&D Charge Nurse to mother and partner after an unsuccessful version to turn a breech baby.
“If this wasn’t your first baby, we’d be more ok with you doing a vaginal breech birth. But since it’s your first, we’re worried the head will get stuck in your pelvis since your cervix has never stretched that much before.” - OB to mother with a breech baby