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“Don’t hold her too much, you’ll spoil her. ” – Postpartum nurse to mother, when the nurse handed the mother her newborn, to hold for the first time. The mother was crying, overcome with emotion at holding her baby for the first time, 24 hours after her cesarean.
“No, your wife can’t go home until we get her a wheelchair. I don’t know why it’s taking so long.” – Nurse at nurse’s station to husband when new family were trying to leave the hospital. The mother and newborn had been discharged three hours earlier but were not permitted to leave unless the mother rode in a wheelchair (hospital policy, no medical reason). Finally, the dad ended up going down to the entrance and getting one himself so they could leave.