Mar 242014

Loss“We can’t do that.”

- OB to father while mother was still sedated after a D&C for missed miscarriage when the father asked for baby’s remains so they could be buried in a cemetery.

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 March 24, 2014  OB, pregnancy loss 17 Responses »
Mar 222014

Loss“You wouldn’t be having this pain if you weren’t in a ‘mixed race’ marriage.”

- OB to mother who was having severe pain early in her pregnancy.  The mother ended up being diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy.

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 March 22, 2014  OB, pregnancy loss 25 Responses »
Mar 212014

MOSWNoOtherTextOB: “We will be inducing tomorrow at 38 weeks.”

Mother: “Why? What is wrong with my baby?”

OB: “Oh nothing, there are a lot of mothers booked in at the same time so we need to lighten the load.”

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 March 21, 2014  induction, OB 34 Responses »
Mar 202014

ThoughtfulThursday“Don’t worry, next time you will get to have the natural birth you wanted.”

- OB to mother who had an emergency cesarean after planning an out of hospital birth.

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Mar 202014

ThoughtfulThursday“I’m so sorry to have to do a cesarean section. I know you could birth him naturally even though he’s breech, but there is no way the hospital will let us do that.”

- OB when the mother’s water broke at 35 weeks and baby was full breech.

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Mar 172014

MOSWNoOtherText“Natural birth damages a woman’s body later on.”

- OB to mother.

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 March 17, 2014  birth, OB 49 Responses »
Mar 172014

MOSWNoOtherText“We can give it a try, but I’d like to avoid what I call “hamburger vagina.”

- OB to mother at first appointment, when the mother shared that she would like to avoid an episiotomy.


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 March 17, 2014  episiotomy, OB, vagina 20 Responses »
Mar 152014

MOSWNoOtherText“You’re going to gain 50 pounds. That’s a lot. It means you will have to work extra hard to get it off.”

- OB to mother who had extra fluid due to as yet undiagnosed preeclampsia.

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 March 15, 2014  Fatness, OB, prenatal 11 Responses »
Mar 132014

ThoughtfulThursday“How are your knees? Would you like a mat to kneel on?  Let me get you a beanbag to lean on because that bed is a bit high.”

- OB to mother who was squatting on the floor during a very intense labor.

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 March 13, 2014  OB, Thoughtful Thursdays 2 Responses »
Mar 112014

MOSWNoOtherText“How can you know where your placenta and baby are?”

- OB to third time mother who said the Doppler wouldn’t pick up the baby’s heart due to placental placement and suggested another area where she knew the baby was lying. (Ultrasound notes on file confirmed mother’s information regarding placental position and later palpation proved baby’s position to be accurate.)

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 March 11, 2014  OB 15 Responses »