Feb 062014

ThoughtfulThursday“You’re safe here. I won’t let anyone hurt you. Would it be OK if I called your counselor so I know how to help you better?”

-Nurse Practitioner to rape survivor who was experiencing severe PTSD symptoms during exam.

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Feb 062014

ThoughtfulThursday“I know you have to stay on the bed, but I can get a bar and tie a sheet to it like a rope if you want to use that to get a little assistance from gravity during pushing. It worked really well for another mom in a similar situation to you.”

- L&D nurse to mother.

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Feb 052014

MOSWNoOtherText“You should take better care of yourself.”

-  OB nurse just prior to an official pre-eclampsia diagnosis. A second blood pressure reading had just been taken and it was 170/130.

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Feb 042014

Breastfeeding“You’re just going to have to pump if you want to breastfeed.”

- Postpartum nurse to mother struggling to get her sleepy baby to latch.

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Feb 032014

Newborns“You can’t do that, you’ll kill her.”

- Postpartum nurse to mother who was dozing with baby on her chest, skin to skin.

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Jan 302014

ThoughtfulThursday“This is excellent! So helpful! I’m so glad you wrote this!”

- L&D Nurse to mother upon receiving the mother’s birth plan.

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Jan 292014

MOSWNoOtherText“80 beats per minute is perfectly normal for fetal heart rate.”

- OB nurse to mother who presented with lack of fetal movement at 39 weeks gestation.


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Jan 282014

“We are not asking for your consent; we are informing you that your baby will be given formula as soon as you’re done. His blood sugar is a little lower than we’d like, and colostrum has no glucose in it, so there’s no other way to raise it.”

- L&D nurse to mother in the middle of nursing her 20 minute old baby.

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Jan 272014

Labor“You’re almost there!”

- L&D nurse to mother repeatedly during the four hours before baby was born.

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Jan 222014

Newborns“Your baby has to have a bath. They are born with bugs all over them, you know.”

- Postpartum nurse to mother.

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