- OB to mother while cutting an episiotomy while the mother stated that she did not consent.
“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.
“Yeah, I don’t do those.” – OB to mother when she requested no episiotomy during the pushing phase. The mother delivered over an intact perineum.
“You had so much swelling, I really hope I put everything back together right.” – OB to mother after repairing a an episiotomy and third degree tear.
“I need to have room to work WHEN the shoulders get stuck.” – OB after cutting an episiotomy without getting consent from the mother.
“Now I’m just going to give you a little cut so you don’t tear…” – OB to mother who was stating “No! No!” when the OB said this.