Crazy Things OBGYNs Say


things OBGYNs sayThe craziest thing my OBGYN said was that I could have my twins naturally. I know, it's not crazy, but after a visit with a specialist who said I should count on a c-section it was news I didn't expect to hear.

But lots of moms have heard really strange things from their doctors.

The site My OB Said What?!? posts those jaw-dropping quips. Here is a sampling:

  • "Well, her vagina basically exploded..." -OB during repair of extensive tears after vaginal birth with baby in military presentation.
  • "No. You're fine, the baby is fine, but you could DIE." -OB recommending a cesarean, when asked by mom if the baby was in distress.
  • "Pitocin doesn't cause unnatural contractions. It causes REAL contractions."
  • "We've got to get this going if I'm ever going to be back to my office in time for my new furniture delivery." -OB over open belly in the OR.
  • "Smells like BBQ..." -OB to resident while cauterizing vessels during a cesarean section for breech.
  • "This is man blood, so don't be surprised if you start feeling smarter." -OB to mom receiving a transfusion after Postpartum Hemorrhage.

OK, we've all said stupid things...I am so guilty of that. In fact, I could see myself saying something smelled like BBQ if in fact it did, even if it was a little out of line.

What about you? Has your OB ever said anything to you that was off-putting or really strange?

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nonmember avatar Jess

When I was 39 weeks pregnant with my first, my OB went to check the heartbeat & practically yelled, "My god, your stretch marks are vicious!" Um, thanks doc?

nonmember avatar Julie

I worked in labor and delivery, and one of the OB's was a consistent jack a$$. One delivery I attended with him, in the span of a half hour in the patient's room, he asked me if the photo on my hospital name tag was my centerfold picture, he delivered the baby, then went on to say how tiny the new baby's penis was right in front of the parents. I can also relate to the cautery smelling like a BBQ. Many times in the OR I would smell the cautery and start getting hungry. It smells like a steak cooking!

lisajf lisajf

At a post partum visit (having given birth to twins who, between them, weight 16 lbs) I asked my Ob about this strange bulge I had in my abdomen, above my belly button which was really hard and well, just odd.  She was like "go to weightwatchers."  That was all she said.  Turned out that I had an umbilical hernia and needed surgery (a friend who was a Dr diagnosed me over the phone just by my description and I had surgery to fix it...)   

nonmember avatar Jen

My OB didn't say anything crazy, awkward, or offensive. He was always supportive of me and the decisions I made in regard to my pregnancy and the labor and delivery of my daughter.

I just think there needs to be a reminder that not all OB's are insensitive or prone to saying offensive things.

nonmember avatar Reggie

He said, "Suck it up, you're not the only one who has done this."

tyrel... tyrelsmom

To Jen, two posts above me.  My OB was great, too.  So is my primary.  It was the one filling in for my OB's vacation that was crazy.  Of course it's not all, but there are definitely a few nutjobs with diplomas out there.

squish squish

With my second birth, the OB I saw for one visit offered me an elective c-section, and when I declined with a somewhat shocked look on my face (I was only 19 weeks), she went on to tell me aaalllll the wonderful benefits of sections, and all the terrible terrible risks of a vaginal birth. Nice lady, apparently just didn't go to "doctor" school.


xreds... xredstarsx

My doctor has had a med student working with him and at my last apt. The med student came in first by himself and started pushing waaay too hard on my stomach and said "yop there is definatly a baby in there".

I have a feeling this guy has only seen a vagina in that office because he just grins way too big to be normal.

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