- OB to mother during pushing. These were the first and only words the doctor had spoken to the mother since walking into the room 30 minutes earlier.
“I support your decision either way, I know you are making the best decision for you and your family… but you do know that our practice is separate from the hospital, right? Our cesarean section rate is lower than the national average, and we don’t do episiotomies.”
- Nurse Practitioner to mother who was concerned about birthing at a military facility.
“She is huge ( referring to the baby). I’m not dealing with shoulder dystocia. Jjust cut her.” – OB during pushing phase.
“Get out your scissors, we could be done in the next push.” - OB whispering to midwife (while make a snipping motion) during the final stages of pushing. Baby was taking longer than expected to crown but was otherwise healthy and showed no indications of distress. Mother was explicit she did not want an episiotomy. OB thought the mother couldn’t hear or see the snipping motion being made.