“I understand you think that your ‘research’ has led you to make good decisions but you are not the one with the degree and experience. You are an overweight woman who will develop pre-eclampsia if you go any further into this pregnancy, and that’s why I want you in here tomorrow morning when you were scheduled. If you don’t show up we can only assume you are putting your baby’s needs after your own and I will not hesitate to make hospital staff aware that you are a danger to your child. That is not a threat, it is a promise.”
- OB to mother who was not consenting to an induction at 38 weeks 5 days. The mother’s only health issue was obesity. Blood pressure, labs, gestational diabetes test all were within normal limits.