"I came to the clinic two weeks ago and they said I was having a girl."
"But then my herbalist said it was definitely a boy."
"So can you do another test and see what it really is?"
"It's a girl."
"But you didn't even do a test--"
"I can refer you to the OB clinic for another ultrasound, but if they said it was a girl, I think you can be pretty sure it's a girl."
"But my herbalist--"
"Is not a doctor."
"I call her doctor--"
"She's not a medical doctor. And I will admit that we are not perfect, and there are a lot of things we don't know. But the OB clinic is pretty good at telling a baby's gender. You can trust them."
"I don't know who to believe."
"Think of it this way. You can believe whoever you want, and in the end, you'll have a baby."
"But I need to know what color clothes to buy."
"But what if it's a boy?"
"Boys can wear pink."
"You're wearing white."
"So are the female doctors. We have to."
"Ugh, I should just get another ultrasound."
"Maybe you should."
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I appreciate the comments on the previous post, from the perspective of patients. I feel like this post is sort of related. I don't mind patients who want to believe their herbalists about the gender of their fetus, as long as they don't yell at me and call me a liar and eat tuna fish in my exam rooms.