- OB to mother one hour after her membranes had spontaneously ruptured.
- L&D nurse when the father asked what the risks of pitocin are, and how much it would increase the chance of a cesarean.
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“Your birth plan looks fine. What I recommend is some pitocin or rupture of membranes to get things moving.”
- OB ignoring what the birth plan actually stated and the preferences of the mother.
“You really need to start thinking about whether or not this baby is going to come out of your vagina.” – Midwife to a first time mother, being induced at 41w6d after only 3 hours of pitocin.
OB: “I just want to get things started with a few pills of Cytotec to ripen your cervix and then we’ll move on to Pitocin.”
Mother: “But Cytotec can cause intense contractions and, unlike Pitocin, once it’s in, you can’t turn it off if the baby doesn’t handle it well.”
OB: “That’s not true. Cytotec doesn’t have any negative side effects. If contractions are too strong, we just give an intramuscular shot to relax the uterus. Usually that causes your heart rate and the baby’s heart rate to race, which we would call fetal distress and then we would do an emergency c-section. But those aren’t negative side effects.”
“Do you hate me yet?” -L&D nurse to mother every time the nurse turned up the pitocin.