Mar 172014

MOSWNoOtherText“We can give it a try, but I’d like to avoid what I call “hamburger vagina.”

- OB to mother at first appointment, when the mother shared that she would like to avoid an episiotomy.


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 March 17, 2014  episiotomy, OB, vagina 20 Responses »
Feb 152014

Pushing“Oh I’m just cutting a small episiotomy.”

- 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.

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 February 15, 2014  episiotomy, informed consent, OB 17 Responses »
Jan 282014

Pushing“You look like you won’t tear, so I’m not going to do an episiotomy.”

- Midwife to mother as mother is pushing.

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 January 28, 2014  episiotomy, Midwife, pushing 59 Responses »
Jan 232014

ThoughtfulThursday” I don’t think so, she’ll stretch.”

- OB to the other OB in attendance who had suggested during pushing that mother needed an episiotomy, after the mother had said that she did not want one.

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Jan 032014

Pushing“I’m just giving you an episiotomy anyway.”

- OB delivering a baby, after the mother clearly stated she did not want an episiotomy and preferred to tear.

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 January 3, 2014  episiotomy, OB 25 Responses »
Nov 062013

Pushing“Not your decision – a cut is easier to stitch than a tear. I need the space for the forceps.”

- OB to mother while cutting an episiotomy while the mother stated that she did not consent.

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Nov 012013

Pushing“Well that’s what she’s doing wrong, no wonder the baby’s not here yet.”

- OB arriving in an L&D room after mother had been pushing for 3 hours.  The OB then proceeded to use forceps and cut an episiotomy without speaking to the mother.

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 November 1, 2013  episiotomy, OB, pushing 16 Responses »
Oct 312013

ThoughtfulThursday“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.

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Oct 102013

ThoughtfulThursday“We don’t believe in routine episiotomies at this practice.  Now that I think of it, I haven’t needed to perform one in over four years!”

- OB to mother.

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Aug 192013

“She is huge ( referring to the baby).  I’m not dealing with shoulder dystocia.  Jjust cut her.” – OB during pushing phase.

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 August 19, 2013  Big Baby, episiotomy, OB, pushing 23 Responses »