“Stop crying! Now just settle down and stop crying.” – Postpartum nurse to mother who birthed a baby who had passed away during labor.
“This will be a healing birth for you!” – Midwife to mother who had experienced a very upsetting previous birth experience.
“Don’t bother. She’s been like this since she came in.” -Anesthesiologist to nurse trying to comfort a distraught mother just prior to an urgent cesarean.
“That’s what 8-9 cms sounds like”. Midwife said to first time mom upon her arrival at the birth center, where there was a laboring woman screaming next door.
“Oh, its okay, well sew you new butthole” -OB to mother who suffered a 4th degree tear
“I’m used to dressing the ones that wriggle”. -Certified Nurse Midwife to family dressing a baby born still.
“You had a $500 response to a $5 problem.” ~Midwife after mother told her about trauma memories during her home birth.