Jan 212010
 

“Sometimes its like a key in a lock. If the key isn’t turned just right, it simply won’t fit” – home birth midwife after mother transferred to the hospital and had a cesarean, after laboring 48+ hours, being fully dilated for 24+ hours, pushing in several positions for 6+ hours and being unable to move an OP/asynclitic baby. This statement acknowledged that this baby, this time, truly didn’t fit through her pelvis but did not make her body sound “broken” or “too small.”

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Jan 202010
 

“If being on that side of the curtain makes you puke, you should see what I’m doing over HERE.” – OB to mother mid-cesarean.

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 January 20, 2010  Cesarean, OB 7 Responses »
Jan 202010
 

“It’s going to feel like I am trying to grab your tonsils through your vagina” – CPM to mom when explaining what stripping her membranes might feel like.

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 January 20, 2010  Midwife 17 Responses »
Jan 192010
 
“Come on, you can push harder than that!” -OB to mother who pushed out her Occiput Posterior (OP) baby in five pushes.
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 January 19, 2010  OB, pushing 13 Responses »
Jan 192010
 

“Babies come out upside down this way, which is not healthy for mom or baby.” – OB to mom who has been pushing on hands and knees and the head had already been birthed.

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 January 19, 2010  OB, pushing 15 Responses »
Jan 182010
 

“She can’t possibly be pushing, we just checked her and she was 5 cm.” -L&D nurse to partner, after he called frantically for the nurse on the call bell.  Baby was born 15 minutes after vaginal exam indicated mom was 5 cm.

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Jan 182010
 

“If I can’t see what is going on in there, I don’t know how to help you. If I don’t know how to help you, the baby can’t find its way out and you might as well go home.” – CNM on why she needed internal fetal monitoring on mom at check-in to the hospital.

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 January 18, 2010  CNM, Midwife 30 Responses »
Jan 172010
 

“Did she put any spells on you yet?” – -L&D nurse to mom, referencing her doula, who was in attendance.

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 January 17, 2010  Doula, L&D Nurse 18 Responses »
Jan 162010
 

“Cesareans are the safest route of delivery for a mother.” – OB to father who was advocating for VBAC at admission during his partner’s active labor.

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 January 16, 2010  Cesarean, informed consent, OB, VBAC 12 Responses »