“You’re lucky you got this far. I don’t let my patients go past 41 weeks 3 days because I don’t want to deliver dead babies.” – OB to mother at 42 weeks.
“Of course, Pitocin is optional…but if you plan on denying it, you should find a different hospital to deliver.” – OB to mother when discussing how an induction was needed if the mother went past her due date.
“We’re going to have to pull the plug on this baby soon.” – OB to mother, while discussing the need for induction because mother had reached 40 weeks 3 days.
“Absolutely not. You are 41 weeks, and therefore your negotiating powers have gone away. If I don’t induce you right now, the baby will die.” -OB to mother when the mother asked if she could wait a few more days before being induced.
“We’ll just make sure you deliver by 40 weeks! Don’t worry, almost *EVERY* woman gives birth before her due date!” – OB to mother.
“The one mom I had who refused induction, the baby died.” – OB telling a mother about the dangers of going past 42 weeks.
“How long do you want to go? It’s your body and your baby.” – Midwife to mother who was discussing protocol after she passed her due date.
“We don’t let anyone go past 41 weeks anymore. Going to 42 weeks is really passé.” -OB to a mother who was not willing to be induced just because she was past her estimated due date.
“You and your baby are very healthy. I’m very comfortable waiting. You’re making a good decision.” – OB at 40w5d appointment.
If you leave the baby inside much past your due date, the baby will die in your tummy!” -OB to a VBAC mother who was refusing to plan a repeat cesarean around her due date.