Apr 092014
 

MOSWNoOtherText“If you leave the hospital against medical advice, your baby may die.”

-  Hospital OB to mother whose own obstetrician referred her to hospital for tests and had ordered her discharged after receiving test results. 

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Apr 082014
 

MOSWNoOtherText“Your belly isn’t big enough to be 7 months pregnant. The baby isn’t growing properly.”

- Nurse in OB office.

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 April 8, 2014  L&D Nurse, OB, prenatal 19 Responses »
Apr 082014
 

Epidurals“I don’t deliver without an epidural.”

- OB to laboring mother. 

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 April 8, 2014  epidural, OB 28 Responses »
Apr 072014
 

MOSWNoOtherText“Next week I *will* be stripping your membranes, because if I don’t you won’t go into labor and will be overdue.”

- OB to mother at her 38 week appointment after the mother declined a vaginal exam from a doctor she had just met 5 minutes before.

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Apr 072014
 

HomebirthsMother transferred in labor from a home birth because she felt her baby turn transverse.

OB: “Who told you the baby was transverse?”

Mother: “Um, me.. I can tell.”

OB: snorts and mumbles something about Google, in a mocking tone under their breath.

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 April 7, 2014  Home Birth, OB 21 Responses »
Apr 052014
 

MOSWNoOtherText“No! You can labor in the tub but your baby will drown if you give birth in the tub.”

- OB to mother when she inquired about water birth.

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 April 5, 2014  OB, water birth 33 Responses »
Apr 042014
 

MOSWNoOtherText“You can accept pitocin or I can wheel you into the OR. It’s your choice. I’ll be back in one hour.”

- OB to mother during an induction.

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 April 4, 2014  birth, induction, OB, pitocin 28 Responses »
Apr 012014
 

Cesareans“Oh, by the way, if this doesn’t work, we’ll have to do a cesarean section.”

- OB to mother immediately before applying a vacuum to the baby’s head.

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 April 1, 2014  Cesarean, OB 7 Responses »
Mar 312014
 

Loss“And how many of them are doctors?”

- OB to mother with a second trimester loss, who asked about some potential testing to determine cause, after sharing she had learned about the testing from other women who had previously had similar experiences.

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 March 31, 2014  OB, pregnancy loss 11 Responses »
Mar 312014
 

MOSWNoOtherText“The placenta runs out of gas at 39 weeks, most people just don’t know about it.”

- OB to mother.

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 March 31, 2014  OB, placenta 43 Responses »