- OB to mother in early labor.
“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.
“If she’d let us break her water, she would have had this baby already, the poor thing.” – L&D nurse at the nurses’ station in earshot of laboring mother.
“You’ll be cursing my name in about an hour.” – OB to mother after rupturing her membranes.
“No, I kind of helped things along.” -Midwife to mother after mother had asked if her amniotic sac was still intact. Mother had repeatedly refused offers to have her water released but then felt fluid leaving her body during a vaginal exam.