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 »
Dec 192009
 

“Didn’t I do a pretty job sewing up your wife? You’ll thank me some day. It’ll be like you’re 16 again.” -OB

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 December 19, 2009  birth, OB, vagina 12 Responses »
Dec 182009
 

“If women were meant to give birth on the floor, you would still be doing it in the bush in the middle of nowhere, now get up on the bed.” -OB to a woman laboring on her hands and knees on a mat on the ground.

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 December 18, 2009  OB, pushing 8 Responses »
Dec 182009
 

“What the hell is wrong with you?? You let me check you earlier!”- OB to mother, shoving her legs aside while attempting to break her water at 1.5 cm dilation. Mother was moaning and upset at the pain.

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 December 18, 2009  AROM, birth, OB, vagina 39 Responses »
Dec 182009
 

“Childbirth doesn’t have to be barbaric, sweetie. TRUST ME. You’ll want the drugs.” -OB

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 December 18, 2009  epidural, OB 45 Responses »