- OB during a vaginal exam, when a 6 week postpartum mother expressed her fear of intercourse due to her significant tearing.
“Oh, that is just a pressure catheter.”
-OB to mother when she asked what was being inserted in her vagina. She had only consented to having her membranes ruptured.
“By the way, happy birthday for tomorrow”
- OB/Gyn in the middle of a pap smear, with the speculum still inserted.
“Look, I have a low cesarean section rate. Most of my patients don’t get epidurals because I don’t like bothering you to much during labor. Take a shower or bath, rock on a ball, sing, moan, do what you need to control your pain. If it gets to bad and you truly want one and we discuss the pros and cons, I can order you one. I don’t like vaginal exams. Let me exam you once at the beginning just to see where you are and I am ok unless YOU feel one is needed. I support breastfeeding. I am here to support the mother, her partner, and if you choose to have your kids present, them also. Birth is family matter with me and shouldn’t be a huge hospital ordeal.”
- OB to mother when discussing the OB’s practice style for labor and birth.
“This is the last time we are going to check you. If you haven’t progressed, you are going to get a cesarean section. I think the baby is too big for you.”
- OB to a mother who had been in labor for 18 hours. When the OB conducted the exam, the baby was found to be crowning.
“Yeah, I’m like a ninja!” – OB to mother who suddenly jumped when the doctor inserted their fingers into her vagina with no warning, when preparing to do a pelvic exam at the first OB appointment.
“You have an ENORMOUS vagina.” - Midwife exclaimed during a cervical check at triage. The midwife was having a difficulty in performing a cervical exam.
“I can’t believe how many times my hand has been in your vagina, we haven’t even gotten to the birth suite yet!” – Midwife to mother in labor.