“Do you want to have this baby? Do you want this baby to come out??” – midwife to mother, when midwife thought the mother was “resisting” the birth by not following the orders to be calm and quiet during transition.
“You are not being a good parent and the only piece of medical information I can give you is that your baby’s heart is beating for now.” -OB to a home birth transfer mother who wanted to wait before proceeding to a cesarean upon arrival and then refused again a few hours later, while baby had been on the monitor the whole time without incident.
“Just calling to check and see how you’re processing all this?”- midwife calling mother at home in the evening, after the mother had found out earlier that day at her 20 week ultrasound that she was carrying twins. The midwife had already spent the better part of the day with her, helping her to wrap her brain around it.
The twins were born successfully at home in May of 2008 at 39 weeks gestation.