- Home Birth Midwife, when the laboring mother asked in surprise why the midwife was putting away the birth pool as transition began.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“Well, we don’t want you suffering.” – OB to mother who was refusing pitocin after being at 9 cm for 45 minutes.
“Oh wow! I didn’t know you had hemorrhoids!” – Midwife to mother while the mother squatted through transition.