Nov 182009
 

“Pitocin isn’t that bad, women just think its bad because they’re already in the hospital and labor is worse when you’re in the hospital.” -OB trying to convince mother to schedule induction to work around doctor vacation schedule.

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 November 18, 2009  induction, OB, pitocin 13 Responses »
Nov 172009
 

“Ssshhhhhh! There are women trying to SLEEP around here!” -Certified Nurse Midwive to a mother on pitocin and unmedicated.

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 November 17, 2009  CNM, pitocin 6 Responses »
Nov 172009
 

“Jeez, I can hear you from out in the hall!” -L&D nurse to mother vocalizing and coping during a non-medicated birth.

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 November 17, 2009  L&D Nurse, labor 13 Responses »
Nov 162009
 

“You can have another 5 hours to labor if you really want, or we can give you an emergency cesarean section now.” -OB

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 November 16, 2009  Cesarean, labor, OB 6 Responses »
Nov 162009
 

“Oh, it’s just superficial, but since you’ve opened a suture kit, I’ll put a couple of sutures in.” -Resident OB to two midwives who delivered the baby and had called the OB because they were concerned that mother had sustained a bad tear.

Turns out it wasn’t just superficial – it was a 4th degree tear and will require major surgery and a temporary colostomy to repair 6 years down the track.

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 November 16, 2009  CNM, OB, Third Stage, vagina 6 Responses »
Nov 152009
 

Mom asks: “Is it necessary to do that?”
Certified Nurse Midwife: “No, but I’ll do it anyway.”
Mom: “I’d prefer if you didn’t.”
Certified Nurse Midwife: “That’s okay, I’ve already started.”

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 November 15, 2009  CNM, informed consent 21 Responses »
Nov 152009
 

“We like everyone to have an epidural just in case you need a cesarean section.” -L&D Nurse

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 November 15, 2009  Cesarean, epidural, L&D Nurse 10 Responses »
Nov 142009
 

“Either there’s a hole in the middle of the skull or that’s not a head.” -OB to mother during an internal exam at 41 weeks. Ultrasound ensued and breech baby was born by cesarean the next morning.

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 November 14, 2009  cervix, Cesarean, OB 19 Responses »
Nov 142009
 

“Oh no, she can’t have anything to eat! If she needs an emergency cesarean and has to be put under general anesthesia, she could aspirate and die!!” -L&D nurse’

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Nov 132009
 

“A birth plan?! That’s a ticket to a Cesarean! A birth plan is the kiss of death!” -OB to mother at a prenatal visit. Mother immediately switched to a midwife

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 November 13, 2009  Birth Plan, OB, prenatal 8 Responses »