- Midwife to mother who had asked for pain meds during a contraction. The mother stated at the beginning of labor that she did not want any pain meds.
“I’m really worried about you. Call me today when you make an appointment. Or you can fax the information, whatever works better. I’ll give you my personal numbers. I’m really worried, and I want you to be seen right away.”
- OB to new mother who was asking about and exhibiting signs of delayed-onset postpartum depression.
- NICU nurse comforting a mother about heranxiety that her son would receive formula instead of pumped milk when the mother was not at the hospital.
“I would encourage you to get an epidural so you can get some sleep and be well rested to push when the time comes. I also don’t want you to be too tired to enjoy your little bundle and miss out on very important bonding time.”
- Midwife to a mother who had been stalled at 7 cm for 13 hours and awake for almost 24 hours.