Jul 212014

Labor“You may not get out of bed and walk around. You have to stay in bed.”

- OB to mother while discussing her desire for intermittent monitoring

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Jul 092014

Labor“The lithotomy position is the safest for the baby.”

- OB to mother who expressed her desire to labor and birth using a variety of positions.

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Jul 012014

MOSWNoOtherText“I basically just did that.”

- OB to mother when the mother asked if the OB had performed a membrane sweep during a particularly painful exam. The mother had not consented to the procedure and was a little less than 39 weeks pregnant.

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Jun 222014

MOSWNoOtherText“Do you want me to show you photos of what will happen to your baby if you continue to take those.”

- OB to mother who was taking medication for a severe anxiety disorder.

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 June 22, 2014  informed consent, OB 45 Responses »
Jun 192014

ThoughtfulThursday“I’ll make sure the nurses stop asking you to give your twins the hep b vaccine. It sounds like you know what you’re talking about, these are your babies and they need to respect that.”

- Neonatologist to mother with twins in the NICU.

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Jun 042014

MOSWNoOtherText“What, do you want to eat your placenta too? We don’t do that in the United States, any evidence supporting it is lies.”

- OB to mother who asked for delayed cord clamping. 

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May 172014

MOSWNoOtherTextMother: “I don’t want to be sent to Dr. A. Please send my referral to Dr. B.”

OB Resident: “That is not your decision. That is up to our referral coordinator.”

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 May 17, 2014  informed consent, OB 6 Responses »
May 052014

Loss“So how are we going to make sure that this doesn’t happen again? An IUD is a good start. Type I diabetic women don’t get to have babies,”

– OB to a very healthy and well controlled Type I diabetic who had just lost a pregnancy at 10 weeks. The loss was not diabetes related.

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May 022014

MOSWNoOtherTextStudent Midwife: “Is it ok with you if I check you?” (to patient)

Midwife: “It doesn’t matter whether you say yes or no because were going to do it anyway!”

Student Midwife: “Actually no we’re not because that would be assault.”

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May 012014

ThoughtfulThursday“It’s your body, I’m not going to force you to do anything you’re not comfortable with.”

- Family doctor to patient refusing pneumonia vaccine while sick.

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