“You seem to have a very small pelvis.” – OB during a vaginal exam at a prenatal visit.
“Your bowels feel full. You should have had an enema first.” – OB to mother during a cervical exam in labor.
“Well, you’re clean as a whistle!” – OB/GYN upon completing a pap smear.
“Someone like you would die from natural labor.” – OB to mother who stated that the vaginal exam at a prenatal hurt.
“I am the doctor and you must obey me.” – OB to mother who stated that she did not want IV fluids, continuous fetal monitoring and regular vaginal exams during labor.
“Wow, you’re really small down here. It’ll be really difficult for you to have kids!” – Gyn to young woman having her first pelvic exam.
“I’m going to recommend you get the epidural now to make it easier on the staff.” – L&D Nurse to mother who stated the vaginal exam during labor was very painful.
“What a way to meet each other.” – OB to mother who had never met the doctor before, while simultaneously lifting the sheet to do a vaginal exam.
“Well, since you didn’t come in sooner, I’m going to have to palpate your uterus.” – OB to 19 year old mother at 12 weeks gestation. The OB then proceeded to place an ungloved hand into the mother’s vagina and “palpated” the uterus externally with the other hand for several minutes.
So, how do you plan on actually having the baby?” – OB to mother after the mother explained that vulvodynia causes extreme pain during internal exams, and her wish to refuse them where possible.