“Weren’t you listening to me when I told you that could happen?” – Anesthesiologist to mother, after she complained of feeling like there were bricks on her chest after having received a spinal during a manual extraction of the placenta after birth.
“We can’t tell how long it will take anesthesia to get here…one hour, two hours, five hours???” -Staff to a woman asking how long it would take to have an anesthesiologist arrive.
“No. Let me tell you what you’re feeling. You’re feeling phantom contractions. It’s all in your head.” -Anesthesiologist to mother who was stating that the epidural was not working well, as they prepared for a cesarean.
“That’s okay, I prefer not to do them on overweight women anyway.” -Anesthesiologist to mother who said she preferred not to have an epidural during an unplanned cesarean.
“Are you sure?” – said by a supervising Anesthesiologist while the Junior Anesthesiologist was poking the mother with a needle for the 4th time.
“Aren’t you going to check her?” -Anesthesiologist to OB.
“Why?, all that does is increase the chances of an infection. She’ll tell us when she’s ready to push” -OB back to Anesthesiologist.
“Your husband can’t be in the OR because you will look dead, and that might freak him out.” -OB to mother during VBAC consult on what might happen in the event of uterine rupture and the need for an emergency cesarean under general anesthesia.
“That’s the first epidural I’ve ever done without my glasses on.” Anesthesiologist while borrowing glasses from the midwife to fill out paperwork.
“Get ready for the D&C.” -OB to OR team after mother was in the OR for repairs of tears incurred during her vaginal birth.
“Why are you doing a D&C, that wasn’t on the consent form?” -Mother to anesthesiologist positioned at her head.
“We’ll explain everything afterwards.” -Anesthesiologist to mother.
Why are you doing a D&C?” -Mother to nurse in the OR.
“We’ll explain everything afterwards.” -OR nurse.
After the procedures, everyone left quickly to go home as it was late at night, without any explanations of why a D&C was performed without consent.
Mother understood more clearly when she later received a bill for $1200 for the procedure.
“Is this a planned repeat cesarean section?” -Anesthesiologist to mother being prepped for surgery.
“No, I was trying for a home birth after cesarean, but needed to transfer.”-Mother
“Well, that was stupid wasn’t it?” -Anesthesiologist to mother while patting her cheek patronizingly.