“Is that not what you ordered?” – Ultrasound technician to parents at a 20 week ultrasound when the gender was revealed.
“I can’t find your cervix. You’ll need an ultrasound.” – Gynecologist when the mother went in to have her IUD checked.
“I can’t see you as my patient if you refuse monthly Doppler checks.” – OB when mother refused monthly Doppler checks but had agreed to a 2nd trimester ultrasound.
“Since clearly you didn’t have any prenatal care, he’ll need to see a cardiologist for a heart ultrasound just to make sure there’s nothing wrong with him.” – Pediatrician to mother of a home birthed baby, who did have a Level II u/s at 22w gestation.
“Well, your babies are dead.” – Ultrasound tech to a mother pregnant with twins who was having a routine ultrasound two days after a checkup said everything was normal. The mother said, “Are you serious???” and the tech replied, “Yes, I’m serious,” and left the room.
“But you have to have an ultrasound.” - OB to expectant mother after she declined an ultrasound.
“I see something on the ultrasound near your scar. I shouldn’t see anything. It could be a weak spot. Or a fat shadow.” – OB to mother during an ultrasound to examine a cesarean scar in preparation for a VBAC.
“Our calculations from the ultrasound show that the baby is around 9.5 pounds or so, but these things can be way off. As the baby gets chubbier the ultrasound usually estimates weight too high, so a better estimate is probably more like 9 pounds. I don’t want you to worry.” – Perinatologist to mother at 41.5 week biophysical profile.
“I have to do an internal ultrasound. It will only take a moment and it shouldn’t cause any discomfort, but if it does, please let me know. Would you like to insert the wand yourself or shall I?” – Ultrasound technician to mother who was not expecting to have a transvaginal ultrasound.
“I really hope it’s not ectopic. I don’t think I could handle that right now.” – OB as they walked out the exam room door, after requesting an ultrasound to rule out an ectopic pregnancy. The mother was being seen for ovarian pain after a positive pregnancy test.