- OB to mother who was experiencing a painful contraction during a vaginal exam.
- OB when mother arrived at the hospital in labor after her water broke.
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- Anesthesiologist to mother, while trying to place an epidural during strong contractions.
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“I was asking the patient, not you.” – OB to midwife after a non-emergent home birth transfer. The doctor had asked the laboring woman about her labor while the woman was vocalizing loudly through a contraction.. The midwife attempted to hand the doctor the labor records for more information.
“When you zone out and relax that much, it makes the contractions less strong, and they don’t progress as well as they should.” – L&D Nurse to mother who was trying to relax and be calm during the contractions.
‘This isn’t vacation, honey. It’s labor!”- L&D nurse to mother on arrival, who was vocalizing through contractions. The mother had transferred from a home birth and already had a long and hard labor prior to being admitted.
“You were definitely right to come in with those contractions!” – OB to mother who was having strong and regular contractions. After being admitted, when her cervix did not change and then the contractions stopped, the OB then discharged her to wait for labor.
“Do you just want to skip these forms and head to L&D?” – Admissions clerk to mother having strong contractions.
“Hmm, let’s have you come in today and see what’s going on. You’re not allowed to be doing that yet! Come in and we’ll make sure you and baby are still doing great!” – Midwife to mother contracting at 34 weeks.