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"You might expect that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists would be there and they are." - C Everett Koop

"Sometimes I'm asked by kids why I condemn marijuana when I haven't tried it. The greatest obstetricians in the world have never been pregnant." - Art Linkletter

"It would be a mistake, though, to consider care by family doctors or midwives inferior to that offered by obstetricians simply on the grounds that obstetricians need not refer care to a family physician or midwife if no complications develop during a course of labor." - Ina May Gaskin

"When you destroy midwives, you also destroy a body of knowledge that is shared by women, that ca' be put together by a bunch of surgeons or a bunch of male obstetricians, because physiologically, birth does' happen the same way around surgeons, medically trained doctors, as it does around sympathetic women." - Ina May Gaskin

"Reluctant doctors like to believe that they haven't much influence over their patients, but that is clearly not the case. Several studies have found that when doctors genuinely encouraged women to have VBACs, most of them did, and when they said nothing or acted neutral, most women didn't. Finally, when obstetricians discouraged VBAC in women who wanted to try it, none of them did." - Henci Goer

"When you destroy midwives, you also destroy a body of knowledge that is shared by women, that can't be put together by a bunch of surgeons or a bunch of male obstetricians, because physiologically, birth doesn't happen the same way around surgeons, medically trained doctors, as it does around sympathetic women." - Ina May Gaskin

"We have an epidemic of obese six-month-olds. We actually have an epidemic of obese newborns. They don't diet and exercise. How do you explain that? It's what the mother consumed. Well, who told her to do that? The obstetricians." - Robert Lustig

"A restaurant is an unusual business, charged as it is with stewardship of one of the fundamental processes of our animal biology. Until breathing and excretion can be commodified, the restaurant manager inhabits a rarified sphere whose only other residents are obstetricians, undertakers, and whores." - Gabriel Roth

"Louise Brown's birth marked the end of the beginning of human IVF, acclaimed at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. This event was snubbed by some clinicians now styled as 'pioneers', who shouted that the test-tube claim was a fake! They did not matter." - Robert Edwards

"A study of interactions between women and obstetricians offers an explanation. It described three levels of increasing power imbalance: In the first, you fight and lose; in the second you don't fight because you know you can't win. However, in the highest level of power differential, your preferences are so manipulated that you act against your own interests, but you are content. Elective [meaning requested for no medical reason, not to be confused with needed surgery planned in advance] repeat cesarean exemplifies that highest level." - Henci Goer



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