- OB to mother.
“It’s very dangerous to send you home with this advanced dilation…If you don’t allow me to induce you today, your baby may come so fast that it will fall out and die on the 30 minute drive back here and I would be reported and sued and in so much trouble. You have no idea how risky it is to walk around when your baby could come with very little warning.” – OB to mother.
“Well, you can either listen to me or you can have a dead baby.” – Perinatologist after recommending an immediate cesarean for intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). The father had asked for more information.
“His numbers are high and you need to go to the hospital NOW! I’ve already had him admitted. He could die from this!” – Pediatrician, after being asked if a home visit and a bilirubin blanket would be a better solution for a jaundiced newborn. The baby’s numbers were already coming down.
“Oh, well, that was then, the baby could be dead by now.” – OB to mother who had been undergoing induction for one week, without going into labor, and who was 43 weeks pregnant. At this point, the mother wanted a cesarean and the hospital had been pushing for continuing the induction for a vaginal birth. The mother had an ultrasound earlier that day showing the baby was fine.
“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.
“Well, that community is also OK with babies dying.” – OB to mother when mother stated that some midwives allow mothers to do glucose monitoring at home and asked about using this method.