“Oh, well, that was then, the baby could be dead by now.” – OB to mother who had been undergoing induction for one week, without going into labor, and who was 43 weeks pregnant. At this point, the mother wanted a cesarean and the hospital had been pushing for continuing the induction for a vaginal birth. The mother had an ultrasound earlier that day showing the baby was fine.
“Amniotic Fluid Index levels at 41 weeks should be 16.” – OB to mother who was a week past her due date and had an AFI of 8. The doctor was pressing for induction.
“The chief obstetrician has only let someone go past 40 weeks ONCE since they have been in practice. It was the OB’s sister and her baby died. So needless to say, we don’t let anyone go past 40 weeks.” – Midwife from the midwifery/OB shared practice, at the first prenatal for a first time mother.
“This baby is huge, hasn’t dropped, you’re already at high risk for a section. I won’t let you wait any longer.” – OB to mother who was 11 days past her due date, during a conversation about induction.
“If you would have come in for the induction like I told you to, this wouldn’t have happened.” – OB to mother who had a stillbirth. The mother had stated that she did not want to be induced without a medical reason before 42 weeks.
“At this point, you’re never going to go into labor on your own.” – OB to mother who was refusing induction at 41 weeks, when all tests indicated everything continued to be normal.
“You look too good to be close to going into labor.” – OB to mother at just under 41 weeks of pregnancy.
“We’ve decided all babies need to be born at or before 39 weeks…I was actually just listening to a lecture about it on my drive in this morning.” – OB at a 41 week non stress test.
“Baby looks perfect, mama’s doing fantastic…but it’s time to get this baby out.” – OB to mother after reviewing 41 week non-stress test results.
“If you’re lucky, you’ll go on your own.” – OB resident to mother while scheduling her induction at 41 weeks.