‘It is illegal for us to leave a baby unwashed…he could rot, I have seen it happen.” -L&D Nurse to a mother who’s cesarean was delayed over her refusal to consent to a newborn bath prior to establishing breastfeeding.
“Get ready for the D&C.” -OB to OR team after mother was in the OR for repairs of tears incurred during her vaginal birth.
“Why are you doing a D&C, that wasn’t on the consent form?” -Mother to anesthesiologist positioned at her head.
“We’ll explain everything afterwards.” -Anesthesiologist to mother.
Why are you doing a D&C?” -Mother to nurse in the OR.
“We’ll explain everything afterwards.” -OR nurse.
After the procedures, everyone left quickly to go home as it was late at night, without any explanations of why a D&C was performed without consent.
Mother understood more clearly when she later received a bill for $1200 for the procedure.