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WATUPDOC: You Need to Take a Childbirth Education Class, Stat!

I’m not positive that the Twitter account belonging to the pseudonymous obstetrician calling herself “Elliot Reid” is totally legitimate based on some of the odd incoming and outgoing links. There’s so much to say here, but I could probably sum it up in 140 characters or fewer:




Either that or this doctor is in Florida.


The following tweet angered me at first, but then I smiled.


pt totally OOC. Screaming at the top of her lungs. 2 bad she declined epidural when i recommended it. luckily 4 her, easy delivery.



Makes you wonder if the reason she was so “lucky” to have an easy delivery was because she declined the epidural Watupdoc recommended. That’s usually how it works, you know.









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Reader Comments (10)

yuck, yuck, and more yuck. I could never listen to a doctor (real or fake twitter doctor) talk that way. It would make my blood boil.

I try to pretend OBs don't exist anymore. Their bullshit makes me too angry. Have you @'ed her (him?) to say W.T.F.?

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTheFeministBreeder

I've been able to meet some wonderful OBs lately who make the profession look really good. This Twitter doc, however.... not one of them from what I read here.

I haven't @ replied yet. I figured I'd post then have something to link to later. =)

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJill--Unnecesarean

Telling tweets aren't they? The paternalism and contempt for women and their ability to birth is out there loud and proud, for all to see.
I know many people who refuse to believe that obstetricians think and practice this way - I'm sure they'll find following this person a real eye opener.

And the epidural tweet - gee, lucky that woman knew what she was doing since her careprovider obviously had no frickin' clue.

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTina

Tina... yes, and coming from a (supposed) woman no less. I know a lot of people, too, who refuse to believe that this attitude could even be possible. It's a bummer that so many woman find out after having a bad experience with an angry OB.

May 17, 2009 | Registered CommenterJill

My head...it doth explode, both from the general attitude and the writing. This is why Tara does not Twitter. ;)

I would also like to know why, if the whole point of hospitals and OBs and whatnot is a doctor ALL UP ONS, she's driving back and forth DURING HER SHIFT. And rock on with the "OOC" mom. :D

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Wait...isn't Elliot Reed the blonde doc on Scrubs? I'm pretty sure. So maybe this is all made up, yes?

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTara

wow. gross.

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh

Tara, that's why I thought it might be a fake. Also the @ replies to her are sort of weird.

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJill--Unnecesarean

Oh, and yes! The hospital is supposedly the one place where a woman can go to have someone work their obstetric magic immediately, right? Even in the previous post of the transcript of The Doctors, Dr. Masterson tells Abby Epstein (regarding transferring from home to hospital during birth), "You cannot necessarily get there because even in a hospital sometimes you can’t transfer quickly."

I, like so many people, just really want to have faith in a system that ensures that the appropriate emergency services are available. That said, the four patients that this doc is was responsible for on her shift which she spent driving back and forth between the hospital and home, would fare just as well giving birth in her absence and letting their partner or a nurse catch their baby. Labor is not an emergency, after all. Who knows if they were laboring women in the first place, though.

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJill--Unnecesarean

This is rather infuriating isn't it! I feel like I have "met' this doctor...time and time again!


May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
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