Apr 102014
 

ThoughtfulThursday“You had a home birth?  That’s great!  I don’t know why more people don’t do that.”

- Family doctor to mother at child’s 2 month visit.

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Apr 072014
 

HomebirthsMother transferred in labor from a home birth because she felt her baby turn transverse.

OB: “Who told you the baby was transverse?”

Mother: “Um, me.. I can tell.”

OB: snorts and mumbles something about Google, in a mocking tone under their breath.

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 April 7, 2014  Home Birth, OB 21 Responses »
Mar 272014
 

ThoughtfulThursday“Your birth plan for a transfer to the hospital looks great. I’ll keep it in your file but we won’t need it because I have full confidence in you to give birth at home like you’ve been planning for years.”

- OB during (state mandated) 36 week prenatal for a mother planning a home birth with midwives.

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Feb 192014
 

AboutHomebirths“I’ll go get the pit.”

-L&D nurse immediately upon arrival of mother and baby following an unintentional home birth. (No assessment or patient contact had been made yet.  This statement was solely on her judgement that it  when the mother stood up to get off the stretcher.

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 February 19, 2014  Home Birth, L&D Nurse 31 Responses »
Feb 172014
 

AboutHomebirths“Ma’am, you need to get to labor and delivery right now!”

- OB nurse, when the mother called to tell them she had had a very fast labor and birthed at home with a midwife who responded faster than  the paramedics.  Everyone was stable and healthy.

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 February 17, 2014  Home Birth, L&D Nurse, Midwife, OB 30 Responses »
Feb 132014
 

ThoughtfulThursday“Babies are smart. They know how to be born. If I thought the hospital was safer for you and your daughter, I’d tell you. Call if you need my help.”

- OB who supported the mother’s midwives in helping her to deliver a 10.5 pound breech baby at home. 

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Jan 232014
 

ThoughtfulThursday“This is just one of those freak things that happen. It is not your fault. It would have happened here at the hospital or at home, and he will be fine.”

Pediatrician in the ER after a home birth transfer beause the newborn needed care.

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Dec 312013
 

AboutHomebirths“If you’re going to have this baby at home, it’s going to be flat on your back in your bed!”

- Home Birth Midwife, when the laboring mother asked in surprise why the midwife was putting away the birth pool as transition began.

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 December 31, 2013  Home Birth, Midwife, transition 19 Responses »
Dec 272013
 

AboutHomebirths“Home births are equal to abortions.”

- Family practice doctor seeing a mother at 8 weeks  of pregnancy, when the doctor was told the mother was considering a home birth.

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Nov 272013
 

Homebirths“Anticipating severe dystocia. Baby is estimated to be very good-sized, probably 8 pounds, and mother is only 5 feet tall.”

- OB notes in medical records after mother arrived from a home birth transfer.

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 November 27, 2013  Big Baby, Home Birth, OB 39 Responses »