Dec 242009
 

‘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.

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Dec 232009
 

“You old moms and your old uteruses.” -OB to mother giving birth to her fifth child at the age of 36, who was getting tired as she pushed, with slow progress.

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 December 23, 2009  OB, pushing 8 Responses »
Dec 222009
 

“It looked like a grenade went off in there.” -OB describing a woman who refused his standard episiotomy and tore naturally instead, while being instructed to push while flat on her back with an epidural.

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 December 22, 2009  birth, epidural, OB, pushing 3 Responses »
Dec 222009
 

“You know…, she doesn’t look that bad” -OB to mother in regards to a known medical condition where everyone was expecting the baby to look worse than she did.

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 December 22, 2009  birth, newborn, OB 1 Response »
Dec 212009
 

“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.

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Dec 212009
 

“Let’s see if your son ruined your vagina.” -Nurse-practitioner to mother at an ob-gyn exam for weak pelvic floor muscles post birth.

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 December 21, 2009  L&D Nurse, pelvis, vagina 1 Response »
Dec 202009
 

“Well, of course it’s intense, you’ve never really had anything that big come through there before.” -OB to VBAC mom complaining about the pressure and sensations of pushing/

OB then turns to the dad; “No offense.”

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 December 20, 2009  birth, OB, pushing 10 Responses »
Dec 202009
 

“Really? By the look of your small [pelvic] frame, if I hadn’t know you had delivered vaginally, I would have recommended a c-section.” -OB to mother who had two nonmedicated vaginal births, and was pregnant with her third and seeing this provider for the first time.

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 December 20, 2009  birth, Cesarean, OB 15 Responses »
Dec 192009
 

“See all you have to do is threaten them a little and they push harder.” -OB commenting to the nurse, after informing a first time mother pushing on her back for 30 minutes that they would need to discuss other options if she didn’t get the baby under her pubic bone.

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 December 19, 2009  birth, pushing 7 Responses »