Mar 182014

Labor“Oh, we’re gonna give her an epidural so she can rest. You guys should go home. It’ll be at least another six hours.” 

- Certified Nurse Midwife in front of the laboring woman to her doula and support people, when while the mother was working hard in transition.

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Dec 312013

AboutHomebirths“If you’re going to have this baby at home, it’s going to be flat on your back in your bed!”

- Home Birth Midwife, when the laboring mother asked in surprise why the midwife was putting away the birth pool as transition began.

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 December 31, 2013  Home Birth, Midwife, transition 19 Responses »
May 232013

“It’s okay to be confused. You don’t have to worry. Your body knows what to
do, and it is doing it beautifully.” – L&D Nurse to mother during transition.

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Apr 152013

“I still think you’re in very early labor and the first thing you will want to do is get an epidural.” – Midwife coordinating a transfer from home to hospital.  The mother was checked 5 minutes later in the hospital and was in transition.

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Dec 202012

“Honey, this is normal. It is a sign that you are entering transition and your body is about to do what it came here to do!” – L&D nurse very soothingly to mother who just expressed that she was scared.

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Nov 142012

“No!” – Midwife to mother when the mother asked if she was in transition yet. Mother gave birth 20 minutes later, after having been in labor for 36 hours.

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Sep 122011

“If you don’t just stop shaking and let me check you, I am going to walk right out of this room.” – OB to mother in transition with a 30 week pregnancy.

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 September 12, 2011  Cervical exam, OB, transition 35 Responses »
Sep 032011

“Then how will we care for you?!” – L&D Nurse to mother who arrived at the hospital 30 minutes before giving birth, in transition and declined to get in the bed and have a cervical exam.

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Aug 112011

“I heard you were a total rock star. I heard it was really hard, and intense and that you just took control!” – Midwife in the practice to mother after a birth that included an intense 6 hour labor, much of which was spent in transition.

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Jun 212011

“Well, we don’t want you suffering.” – OB to mother who was refusing pitocin after being at 9 cm for 45 minutes.

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