- L&D nurse to a mother trying to have a natural birth and desperately wanted to squat and pace through contractions
“Your birth plan looks fine. What I recommend is some pitocin or rupture of membranes to get things moving.”
- OB ignoring what the birth plan actually stated and the preferences of the mother.
“Oh, that is just a pressure catheter.”
-OB to mother when she asked what was being inserted in her vagina. She had only consented to having her membranes ruptured.
“Who is that guy? Get him out of here.”
- OB ‘ first words immediately upon entering an L&D room to break the mother’s water. The mother’s husband was dozing lightly near the mother.
“ARM – agreed.” – Chart notes from labor. (ARM- artificial rupture of membranes.) Both the mother and her husband recall the mother screaming no repeatedly when the doctor proceeded without consent.i
“Your vagina is not a sponge! It won’t pick up some infection from the open air! The only thing that puts you at risk for an infection is what gets put in it.” – Midwife to mother while discussing why the midwife does not support artificially rupturing membranes.