Friday, October 30, 2009

Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs

In the last week or so, this has been all over the blogosphere, Facebook, Twitter, and the internet entire:

Just amazing, isn't it? Anyway, it's been so well-distributed I wasn't even going to bother doing my own post, but then Crunchy Domestic Goddess just did a really good round-up on all the other posts about it and I had to share.

In a way, its existence and internet ubiquity is almost a good thing, not just in the "at least they're honest" sense (having known far too many women who have thought that had a supportive OB only to be duped at the last minute, in a sadly common bait & switch) but also because it's really made the internet rounds and is generating a lot of discussion, including some in circles that might normally be much more of the trust-the-doctor mindset.

GAH, though. Really, what's next?

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  1. I wouldn't go to any medical professional that had this sign hanging in his or her office. "Because we care about the health and welfare of your unborn child" but not about you mom or your ability to make decisions for your unborn child.

  2. Yea...they're probably aborting lots of unborn babies down the hall from the delivery rooms.

  3. Rixa, but of course!

    Anonymous - er, wha?

  4. Anne, your sign is wrong. WHERE ARE THE SUPERFLUOUS "H's"?!?

    Until then, your alternative sign will not be considered funnyh.

  5. I'll take that under advisement for the Big Contest!