Jan 012010
 

“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.

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 January 1, 2010  Midwife, transition 11 Responses »
Dec 312009
 

“I have to watch this monitor during every contraction because if the contraction lasts for over 2 minutes your uterus is gonna blow and someone is gonna die.” -OB to mom during her VBA3C (Vaginal Birth After 3 Cesareans) labor.

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 December 31, 2009  Cesarean, OB, VBAC 5 Responses »
Dec 312009
 

“Are you pooping from your vagina?” -Nurse Practitioner to mother who inquired about her healing episiotomy at her postpartum visit.

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 December 31, 2009  episiotomy 6 Responses »
Dec 302009
 

“It looks like the house of the rising sun!” -Birth Doula to laboring mother who took off her hospital gown and exposed her belly which was stretch marked.

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 December 30, 2009  Doula 9 Responses »
Dec 302009
 

“No, the baby could get too much blood.” -OB to mother when asked if he could delay clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord.

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 December 30, 2009  birth, OB, placenta, Third Stage 49 Responses »
Dec 292009
 

“Well I haven’t seen a woman give birth in 8 years without one”. -Nurse Practitioner to mother who wanted it noted in her chart during her prenatal visit that she did not want an episiotomy.

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 December 29, 2009  episiotomy, prenatal 26 Responses »
Dec 292009
 

“You wouldn’t tell a pilot how to fly a plane.” -OB to a laboring woman, also a pilot, who questioned the Ob’s suggested labor management.

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 December 29, 2009  birth, OB 18 Responses »
Dec 282009
 

“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.

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 December 28, 2009  birth, Cesarean, Home Birth, OB 20 Responses »
Dec 282009
 

“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.

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 December 28, 2009  birth No Responses »
Dec 282009
 

“I wouldn’t let my wife do it.” -OB to mother who said she wanted to attempt a breech vaginal birth.

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 December 28, 2009  breech, OB 28 Responses »