Apr 292010
 

‘It doesn’t even look like a baby has come out of there!’ – Home birth midwife doing postpartum exam on woman who has just given birth to her second baby.

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  14 Responses to “Thoughtful Thursdays! "It Doesn't Even Look Like A Baby Has Come Out Of There!"”

  1. Better than anticipating exploding vaginas. :)

  2. Much better than anticipating exploding vaginas. :)

  3. And also better than, “Your husband would want you to have a cesarean!”
    Yay for nice midwives!

  4. My midwife said something similar after I gave birth to my sixth child, who weighed 10 lb. 6 oz., she said: “You look like a virgin down there!” Cracked me up!

  5. My midwife said something similar after I gave birth to my sixth child, who weighed 10 lb. 6 oz., she said: “You look like a virgin down there!” Cracked me up! As I had no swelling at all.

  6. I agree, this is a welcome sight after all of the talk of exploding vaginae!

    (I did not know that “vaginae” was the plural of “vagina,” but spell check gives wavy red lines on “vaginas” and it gives me that as a suggestion. It’s also “exploding uteri” and not “exploding uteruses”)

    • Good to know. I knew Uteri was the plural of uterus. Vaginae I’m not so sure of.

      Oh, I looked it up. The British plural of vagina is vaginae. Vaginas is also correct and acceptable.

      • This Latin teacher would encourage you to use either, and thinks “vaginae” looks weeeeiiiiirrrd. That’s my expert opinion. ;)

        • I knew it was only a matter of time before some good Latin creeped its way in. :) Although vaginae looks odd, I’d err on the side of Latin caution. Plus, how often do we have to talk about more than one vagina? I’m honestly only concerned about my own. haha (My problem with uterus is that all I can think of is a stupid Simpsons reference. “It’s uterUS not, uterYOU.”)

  7. My s-i-l’s midwife said something just like this — “Beautiful! Not even a skid mark.” LOL!

  8. Ok, I’m going to have to be the jerk here. I don’t care if someone is saying something nice, or something mean. You should not comment on the appearance of my genitalia unless it is relevant to my medical care. “It doesn’t even look like a baby has come out of there” is as bad as “Wow, how many babies have you HAD? It looks really stretched out down here!”. This Thoughtful Thursday isn’t so thoughtful for people like me.

    • Thank you! I thought I was going to have to be the first to say something negative about this one. I don’t find this to be any more “thoughtful” than the doctor who told the woman that she could “stick anything up there” when she asked if she could resume intercourse at 6 weeks.

      I also agree with the comment below, if this had been an OB (particularly a male) it wouldn’t have been posted on Thoughtful Thursday and everyone would have ripped him apart for being a pervert. In fact, I believe there was a similar post where an OB had told a laboring mom that she had a beautiful vagina and everyone was creeped out and disgusted.

  9. That’s what I thought, StaudtCJ. If an OB had said this, commenters would have been all over him for being creepy and commenting on the state of her vagina. Since it was a homebirth midwife, I guess it’s OK.

    I will say that I would take that remark much more kindly from a HB MW with whom I had a relationship than from an OB I saw 15 minutes once a month for 9 months.

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