Well, that’s what happens when you’re on call…you have to take any emergency even if you don’t agree with it.” – OB to parents after the parents thanked the OB for the care provided during delivery of a non-emergent home birth transfer.
“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.
“We can’t do follow-up care after a homebirth. Your insurance won’t let us see you.” – Nurse at a women’s center when a mother called for an appointment for birth control at six weeks postpartum.
“Take these home and fill them out because you’re going to end up having that baby here anyway.” – L&D Receptionist to mother who was planning an out of hospital birth but had come to the L&D unit at 35 weeks for help with violent coughing from a cold that was triggering contractions.
“You aren’t in labor. It’s only going to get harder from here. You should go get an epidural.”- Midwife encouraging a mother to transfer to the hospital.
“I was asking the patient, not you.” – OB to midwife after a non-emergent home birth transfer. The doctor had asked the laboring woman about her labor while the woman was vocalizing loudly through a contraction.. The midwife attempted to hand the doctor the labor records for more information.
“Oh, we don’t do that. The hospital she was born at must have given the state your records.” – Pediatrician’s office to mother when she asked that the office not give confidential records to the state. The baby was born at home and had never been admitted to a hospital.
“You’re too fat to have a homebirth.” – Midwives to mother who wanted to have her second baby at home, after her first was a completely uncomplicated birth.
“I’m not responsible for your transport! You are because you agreed to go!” – Midwife to mother who agreed to transport at the insistence of the midwife, who tore the cervix while reducing a cervical lip.
“You deserve a trophy, momma! You are a rock star!” – Midwife to mother who birthed a 10 pound 10 ounce, 24 inch baby at home.