- L&D Nurse to mother being induced and shaking in pain while getting vomiting. The nurse was referring to the electronic fetal monitoring belts.
“You’re not making this easy, jiggling around. ” Midwife trying to use Doppler while mother was in transition and swaying to cope.
“It’s okay dear, you just have a bladder infection. Those pains you’re feeling aren’t contractions, our monitors would have picked that up if they were. It’s just pain from the infection and because you’re dehydrated. You need to go home, drink more fluids and rest.” – L&D nurse to mother who came to the hospital at 24 weeks in labor, but was in the process of being sent home.
“We’re going to have to do another cesarean section.” – L&D Nurse to mother who was trying for a VBAC, when the baby had some decelerations in its heartbeat. The OB stated “Nope, we’re going to start pushing.” The baby was born vaginally.
“I’ve never heard of a woman in labor who wanted to be up walking around.” – Certified Nurse Midwife to mother on a hospital tour, when the mother asked if wireless/telemetry units were available for fetal monitoring, so the mother could be mobile.
“Your baby’s heart rate keeps dropping, I have to cut you now. You tried, but you failed.” – OB to mother who was trying for a VBAC.
“If you don’t come in here right now, I will have to write that you are refusing to be monitored!” – L&D Nurse to mother who had gotten up to go to the bathroom and was sitting on the toilet.
“Let’s put on the internal monitor so you can move around more freely.” – OB to mother during labor.
“The baby may be fine now, but she can’t give birth like that!” – Charge nurse speaking to the fact that baby’s heart rate was good when the mother was on hands and knees but the baby had some decelerations when the mother was on her back.
“If something went wrong and your baby died you’d never forgive yourself, would you. Let’s get this monitor on.” – Midwife to mother who inquired about the need for continuous fetal monitoring.