Mar 012010
 

“They don’t come out on their own you know.” -OB to mother who had asked the doctor to stop pulling on the umbilical cord, 30 seconds after delivery.

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 March 1, 2010  OB, placenta, Third Stage 32 Responses »
Mar 012010
 

“You are going to have a great deal of difficulty finding anyone to care for you if you are so arrogant and adamant about how you want to be treated”. -OB to a pregnant woman who she declared high risk, who had asked the doctor to reconsider based on other medical professionals familar with her issues, who were recommending that she NOT be considered high risk.

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 March 1, 2010  OB, prenatal 15 Responses »
Feb 282010
 

“Oh, I don’t know if that’s possible.  That would be really hard on my back.” -OB’s response when pregnant mother told him that she would like to give birth in the squatting position.

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 February 28, 2010  OB, pushing 23 Responses »
Feb 282010
 

“Oh, birth plans, birth plans, everyone has a birth plan, but we doctors, we just take those birth plans and toss ‘em right out the window!” – -On-call OB’s response when asked by a laboring mother if the OB had had a chance to read her birth plan.  This comment was complete with hand gesture of tossing something over her shoulder.

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 February 28, 2010  Birth Plan, OB 101 Responses »
Feb 272010
 

“Oh, that’s a stupid thing to worry about . . . in all my years delivering babies, I’ve only had that happen twice.” -OB to mother at the first prenatal visit for her fourth child.  Mother had expressed fear of losing this baby to SIDS.  The mother’s previous child had died four months before of SIDS, and was of those ‘only happened twice’ patients.

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 February 27, 2010  OB, pregnancy loss, prenatal 21 Responses »
Feb 272010
 

“Yes, you can have a vaginal birth after this cesarean section. You should go ahead and have this cesarean section tonight so you don’t have to labor all night long.” OB.  Chart notes said that mother’s hips were too small to deliver a baby. Years later, mother was denied a VBAC.

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 February 27, 2010  Cesarean, OB, pelvis, VBAC 11 Responses »
Feb 262010
 

“I’ll be doing inductions on Wednesday, if you change your mind.  You know, why would you want to wait any longer? Wouldn’t it be great to have the baby in your arms by now?” -OB calling the mother on her cell phone at 39 weeks.

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 February 26, 2010  birth 19 Responses »
Feb 262010
 

“You are not going to want to move around, you are just going to want to get the baby out.” -OB to mother while they were going over her birth plan at a prenatal and discussing the mother’s wish to move and change positions.

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 February 26, 2010  birth 21 Responses »
Feb 252010
 

“That’s amazing. It’s like she instinctively knows how to breathe right!” -Visiting Nurse who was observing a non-medicated birth in order to re-certify for her specialty as a flight nurse.

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 February 25, 2010  Thoughtful Thursdays 9 Responses »
Feb 252010
 

“If you want to do this drug-free, just make up your mind to do it. You can.” -L&D Nurse to mother who told her she was hoping to have a non-medicated birth but was keeping her options open.

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