Apr 032014

ThoughtfulThursday “I know you don’t feel like the labor’s been long enough for this, but give pushing a try for the next couple of contractions and we’ll see how you go.”

- Midwife to a mother who had only been in labor a very short while.

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Apr 032014

ThoughtfulThursday“Sounds like you’re getting ready to push! I’ll call the doctor.”

- L&D Nurse when mom, who had been napping, sat up and said she felt like throwing up. Baby was born 15 minutes later.

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Mar 262014

Pushing“Tell her I’m going to do perineal massage instead.”

- OB over their shoulder to the nurses after being told repeatedly that the mother wanted the nurse to continue applying perineal support and did not feel safe pushing without it.

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 March 26, 2014  OB, pushing 8 Responses »
Mar 182014

Labor“It’s a good sign that you’re crying because it means you’ve given up, which is necessary to move into second stage!”

- L&D Nurse to mother who was having a long, difficult transition phase of labor.

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 March 18, 2014  L&D Nurse, pushing 19 Responses »
Mar 172014

Pushing“Oh no, that’s impossible!”

- Midwife to mother having her ninth child when the mother stated that she was feeling the urge to push after half an hour on pitocin.

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 March 17, 2014  Midwife, pitocin, pushing 17 Responses »
Mar 132014

ThoughtfulThursday“It’s right there! Do you want to touch the head?”

- Midwife to mother who was getting discouraged  during pushing that her baby was not yet born.

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Mar 092014

Pushing“Make sure you tell him the baby could die!”

- OB to L&D nurse who was having the father sign the informed refusal form for the mother who had declined antibiotics when she arrived complete and pushing with unknown GBS status.

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Mar 052014

Cesareans“Well she pushed for over two hours, I would have just sectioned her.”

- OB  who was not caring for the mother during labor, after learning of the mother’s vaginal birth. 

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 March 5, 2014  Cesarean, OB, pushing 11 Responses »
Feb 132014

ThoughtfulThursday“I’ll just coach you through it and step in if you need assistance.

- OB to father during birth of 2nd child. Parents had expressed the desire to have the father do the “catching.”

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 February 13, 2014  OB, pushing, Thoughtful Thursdays 2 Responses »
Feb 122014

Pushing“Don’t scream because it takes away energy from pushing.”

- L&D Nurse to mother during crowning.

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 February 12, 2014  L&D Nurse, pushing 21 Responses »