“You have very high blood pressure, so if this was a repeat c-section, I’d have suggested taking the baby this week. But as you want a VBAC and baby seems to be doing well, let’s wait till 42 weeks.” – Family Practice Doctor to mother.
“I saw in your chart that you’re nursing, so I’m going to go check which medication is the safest for breastfeeding.” – Family Practice doctor when prescribing medication to a nursing mother.
“If people question your choices, use me as a scapegoat. Tell them your doctor approves of your amended schedule and that’s that.” – Family Practice doctor to pregnant mother who was planning not to use the standard vaccination schedule.
“Donor milk is illegal. You’re killing your baby.” – Family practice doctor to mother who was using donor milk to supplement her own breastmilk. The doctor then called the police and Child Protective Services.
“I don’t handle infertility. You can walk right up the stairs to O.B. and make an appointment, however.” – Family practice doctor to woman suffering from infertility at her first appointment. Her previous doctor would not refer her to be seen by an OB or Reproductive Endocrinologist because of her weight.
“I don’t usually get to the pelvic exam at the first appointment because I like to talk to my patients and get to know their history and preferences well.” – Family Practice Doctor to mother at first prenatal, when the doctor noticed that the tech had prepped for a pelvic exam.
“That’s great that you are planning a home birth. Just let me know whatever I can do for you and your midwife or whatever tests you want.” – Family Practice Doctor to mother.
“You’re still nursing? Wow, that’s awesome! You’re very committed to her good health.” – Family practice doctor to a mother of an almost three year old.
“Well, we’re used to dealing with good outcomes.” – Family Practice doctor when the mother asked why her postpartum depression went unnoticed by the doctor despite three months of follow up visits seeking help.
“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.