Oooooffff. Reading this is a punch in the heart.
I feel like that could have been me with the little dude.
Not to minimise the poor judgement of this specific doctor, but part of me isn’t surprised. From the combined experiences of everyone I know who’s given birth in the past few years and had a rough time, it seems there’s a strong medical bias in NZ maternity care towards letting things play out and not intervening early. Perhaps a horrible intersection between under-resourcing and a philosophy of childbirth as something that should be allowed to proceed naturally with limited intervention? Anyway, fuck, should not have read that right before bed. Maybe the little dude won’t be the only one having nightmares tonight.