Jul 212014

Labor“You may not get out of bed and walk around. You have to stay in bed.”

- OB to mother while discussing her desire for intermittent monitoring

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Jul 092014

Labor“The lithotomy position is the safest for the baby.”

- OB to mother who expressed her desire to labor and birth using a variety of positions.

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Jun 122014

ThoughtfulThursday“If we lower the bottom half of the bed as far as possible and you kneel or stand on it, technically you are *in* the bed.”

L&D Nurse manager helping mother find a way around the hospital’s insistence that she be *in* bed to give birth when she preferred to stand.

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Jun 052014

ThoughtfulThursday“Do what you have to do, I’ll move with you.”

- L&D Nurse to mother who was changing positions frequently while the nurse was holding the monitors on.

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Jun 032014

Labor“If you don’t stop making all that noise, I’m going to have no options except to cut you open. You need to focus more.”

- OB to mother vocalizing without pain medication.

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 June 3, 2014  Cesarean, labor, OB 19 Responses »
May 282014

Labor“Wow; I guess there really *IS* something to that ‘walking-around-during-labor’ thing.”

- L&D nurse to a second-time mother who became fully dilated after walking the maternity unti for about 20 minutes.

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 May 28, 2014  L&D Nurse, labor 19 Responses »
May 212014

Labor“If you don’t stop pulling on your mother, I’m going to make her move.”

- OB to mother who was being forced on her back and was reaching out to her own mother for help in changing positions.

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 May 21, 2014  labor, OB 19 Responses »
May 212014

Labor“It doesn’t feel like a contraction.”

- Midwife to mother experiencing preterm labor.

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 May 21, 2014  labor, Midwife 10 Responses »
May 202014

MOSWNoOtherText“Well ,what do you expect me to do about it?”

- Midwife on the phone to the partner of a mother who had just been released from the hospital for an episode of preterm labor, and had been prescribed sleep aids and anti-anxiety medication and was now hallucinating.

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 May 20, 2014  labor, Midwife 18 Responses »
May 192014

Labor“Stop making all that noise!”

- OB to mother laboring and birthing without pain medication.

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 May 19, 2014  birth, labor, OB 8 Responses »