- L&D nurse to a mother laboring with a baby who had passed away and would be stillborn.
- L&D nurse about 5 minutes into the ’15 minute’ strip after the monitor belts had been repeatedly moved in a mostly failed attempt to get a consistent read from both fetal and contraction monitors. Baby’s health was not in question.
“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.