“Well, that’s what I just did…”

“Well that’s what I just did. It’s standard practice in this hospital,”

said to patient after she consented to a cervical check ONLY at a standard prenatal appointment. The patient questioned the OB because the cervical exam felt much more painful than any she had experienced in the past. She also indicated that maybe she would consider the stripping of her membranes at a future appointment, after her estimated due date had passed. Upon saying this, the OB indicated that he had stripped her membranes during the cervical check.

This patient did not have informed consent.. and her husband was in the room when the OB admitted what he had just done.

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