“Take these home and fill them out because you’re going to end up having that baby here anyway.” – L&D Receptionist to mother who was planning an out of hospital birth but had come to the L&D unit at 35 weeks for help with violent coughing from a cold that was triggering contractions.
“You aren’t in labor. It’s only going to get harder from here. You should go get an epidural.”- Midwife encouraging a mother to transfer to the hospital.
“I was asking the patient, not you.” – OB to midwife after a non-emergent home birth transfer. The doctor had asked the laboring woman about her labor while the woman was vocalizing loudly through a contraction.. The midwife attempted to hand the doctor the labor records for more information.
“Oh, we don’t do that. The hospital she was born at must have given the state your records.” – Pediatrician’s office to mother when she asked that the office not give confidential records to the state. The baby was born at home and had never been admitted to a hospital.
“You’re too fat to have a homebirth.” – Midwives to mother who wanted to have her second baby at home, after her first was a completely uncomplicated birth.
“I’m not responsible for your transport! You are because you agreed to go!” – Midwife to mother who agreed to transport at the insistence of the midwife, who tore the cervix while reducing a cervical lip.
“You deserve a trophy, momma! You are a rock star!” – Midwife to mother who birthed a 10 pound 10 ounce, 24 inch baby at home.
“I still think you’re in very early labor and the first thing you will want to do is get an epidural.” – Midwife coordinating a transfer from home to hospital. The mother was checked 5 minutes later in the hospital and was in transition.
‘This isn’t vacation, honey. It’s labor!”- L&D nurse to mother on arrival, who was vocalizing through contractions. The mother had transferred from a home birth and already had a long and hard labor prior to being admitted.
“I don’t even know why they let her in here.” – Birth Center Midwife to Hospital Midwife, during a phone conversation, while arranging a transfer to the hospital. The mother had epilepsy, but her transfer had nothing to do with her well-managed and symptom free disease.