Nov 242009
 

“The baby went out with the medical waste.” -Nurse informing mother about what happened to her baby after a D&E for fetal demise at 16 weeks.

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 November 24, 2009  birth, L&D Nurse, pregnancy loss 36 Responses »
Nov 232009
 

“it is illegal for us to leave a baby unwashed.” -L&D Nurse to mother who did not want her newborn bathed.

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 November 23, 2009  Birth Plan, L&D Nurse, newborn 12 Responses »
Nov 232009
 

“You’ll really like these stirrups for pushing and the baby will go over your tail bone better” -L&D Nurse telling mother she needed to be flat on her back and in stirrups.

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 November 23, 2009  L&D Nurse, pushing 8 Responses »
Nov 222009
 

“You can tell your family and your doula to be quiet, but I’m your nurse. I’m going to tell you what to do and you have to listen. You don’t know what you’re doing, you have to listen to me if you want to get this baby out.” -L&D Nurse to patient who asked if the people in the room could be quiet.

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 November 22, 2009  L&D Nurse 7 Responses »
Nov 222009
 

“You don’t want to hold her, she will get you all dirty, we’ll clean her up first.” -Provider responding to mother reaching for her baby in order to hold her immediately after birth.

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 November 22, 2009  birth, vagina 7 Responses »
Nov 212009
 

“Do you want a cesarean?” -Nurse to mother who declined a vaginal exam during her 41 week penatal appointment.

“Really, a cesarean, for not having a prenatal vaginal exam?” asked the mother.

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 November 21, 2009  Cesarean, L&D Nurse, prenatal, vagina 1 Response »
Nov 212009
 

“How do you think women gave birth before science and doctors?!” -OB to mother during a required prenatal consultation in preparation for her upcoming homebirth with a midwife.

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 November 21, 2009  birth, Home Birth, OB 17 Responses »
Nov 202009
 

“There are women here who are SERIOUS about breast feeding you know.”-Lactation Consultant to tearful mother struggling to breastfeed her tongue-tied newborn over her infected cesarean incision, inadequate pain medication and cracked and bleeding nipples.

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Nov 202009
 

“We need to get this placenta out by the 30 minute mark, otherwise we’ll have to…” (ominous tone) “call in the OB.” -CNM to mom, as she yanked on the cord.

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 November 20, 2009  CNM, OB, placenta, Third Stage 7 Responses »
Nov 192009
 

“You can’t really feel it, trust me.” -OB to mother during cesarean surgery

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 November 19, 2009  Cesarean, epidural, OB 10 Responses »