“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.