A selection of the more ridiculous and shocking things that real people have said, as posted on My OB Said WHAT?!
“Warm water will burn the baby.” -L&D Nurse to laboring mother after her doula suggested a bath to cope with labor pain.
“Do you want anti-depressants?” -OB to mother who was emotional about wanting to VBAC after two cesareans, at her 25 week prenatal appointment.
“So, you were a total failure then?” -Primary care physician to mother who had a home birth transfer and cesarean at her first appointment after birthing.
“You really surprised me here! Six hours into your labor, I was in the OR sharpening my knives–but you actually pulled it off.”-OB to a VBAC mother.
“You just sound pregnant to me.” – OB to a mother who was sharing how poorly she had been feeling at 37 weeks. She was later diagnosed with HELLP and severe pre-eclampsia.
“I like to get you in here at 37 weeks and induce you, so I can be in control of your labor.” -OB
“You’d better not have a baby more than about 6 pounds. You certainly won’t be able to fit much out of there!” -OB during pelvic exam at the first prenatal appointment of a mother pregnant for the first time.
And some nice ones from Thoughtful Thursdays:
“I like when people are willing to wait after their due date. It is just an estimate, after all. You bake them longer.” -OB to mother who birthed her baby a week past her due date.
“Stop holding your breath, honey, your baby needs you to breathe, your body will do this on it’s own, just breathe your baby down.” -OB to a mother who had always been told to do “purple pushing” during her prior births.
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