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“I don’t even know why they let her in here.” – Birth Center Midwife to Hospital Midwife, during a phone conversation, while arranging a transfer to the hospital. The mother had epilepsy, but her transfer had nothing to do with her well-managed and symptom free disease.
“The doctor had discontinued care with you.” – OB office staff to mother who called when she was showing symptoms of miscarrying. The mother had mentioned the idea of a homebirth at her previous appointment but had not made any firm decision or discontinued care yet.
“If you need to transfer to a hospital for your birth, you are no longer under the control of your midwife. You become our patient at that point and then WE have the control.” – Hospital midwife to mother when discussing if or when a transfer became necessary.