“Never in my 20 years of being a midwife, have I seen a woman with blood pressure like yours not be induced before labor starts.” -Certified Nurse Midwife to client whose labor started spontaneously and who did not have clinically diagnosable case of pregnancy-induced hypertension.
“Patients like you tie our hands behind our backs, why did you come to me if you didn’t want my help? You should have gone to a midwife.” -OB during discussion at 36 weeks about mother’s desire for intervention free birth.
“I took his advice and switched, at 36 weeks, to a midwife.”
“You can say you are not going to sue me, but you might, so I really need to talk you into a cesarean section.” -OB to patient after ultrasound predicted a large baby and doctor was recommending a planned cesarean.
“Ah…I hope your husband isn’t a large man, if you know what I mean. I might have sewed you up a little too tight.” -OB to patient during a six week postpartum exam. Mother stated she had painful penetration for more than a year after that birth.