“Get your hands off my sterile field!” – OB to mother reaching down to feel her baby crowning.
“That looks terrible! Take it out and do it again.” – Attending OB to medical student who had done the repair of a mother’s perineum after birth.
“No way, that’s disgusting. I’m not going to stick my hands in that. Besides you will be laying in bed screaming at your husband and begging for an epidural.” – OB to mother who inquired if water birth was possible.
“You can only birth a child that weighs the same or less than you did at your birth.” – OB to a mother during a prenatal visit.
“You have a perfect pelvis! Perfect! Having babies will be no problem for you!” – OB/Gyn to a woman during a regular gyn visit for whom having children was many years in the future.
“Don’t worry, next time you’ll VBAC.” – OB to a mother who developed pre-eclampsia, and had an induction that ended in a cesarean.
“Are you comfortable with you and your baby dying?” -OB to mother inquiring about home birth.
“You wouldn’t give your airline pilot a copy of what you considered to be your flight plan when boarding the plane now, would you?” -OB to mother when she offered a copy of her birth plan.
“Home births are illegal.” -OB to mother at a prenatal visit, in a state where home birth is not illegal.
“Everything looks great! Now all we have to worry about is a stillborn baby which is pretty common with Gestationally Diabetic mothers. But the good news, I don’t need to see you again!” – Maternal Fetal Medicine OB to mother after an ultrasound scan at 26 weeks indicated a healthy baby.