- OB who supported the mother’s midwives in helping her to deliver a 10.5 pound breech baby at home.
“You can get poked with needles, get your back adjusted, try yoga or positional therapy. These are all wonderful, appropriate treatment options to get this baby to turn. You have plenty of time, and if none of those work we can discuss manually turning him or a breech delivery at your 36 week checkup.”
- OB to mother at a 25 week prenatal appointment.
“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.