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11 Craziest Things Moms Were Told While They Were in Labor

laborWe all pretty much understand what the deal is when a woman is busy a' birthing, right? It's like, "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" times a zillion. And yet! Women have been told the most ridiculous things while they're trying to push a baby out of their bodies. What on earth are people thinking?!? Do they want to halt our labor altogether? Here's a collection of the craziest things women we know have been told while in labor.

1. "A resident told me she'd heard labor feels like a watermelon on fire coming out of your vagina."

2. "The labor nurse took one look at me when I arrived and said to the midwife, 'We're going to be here a long time with this one.' I was fully dilated and ready to push."

3. “Your uterus is lazy.”

4. "While I was pushing the nurse told me not to get blood on her brand-new scrubs."

5. "The nurses asked me to bake them some cookies while I was laboring at home!"

6. “We can’t get the placenta out.”

7. "I was told to stop moaning so loud because I was disturbing other patients."

8. "You are about 9cm. Would you like me to set up a mirror so that you can see how you are progressing?"

9. "My wife's mom called to say a cousin had sent flowers to the hospital but listed her maiden name instead of her married name and needed to make sure those flowers got to her because the cousin would be SO UPSET."

10. “We can’t find your cervix.”

11. “Your cervix is in Alaska.”

What's the craziest thing anyone's ever told you while you were in labor?


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ashjo85 ashjo85

I don't see why the mirror one was crazy? They offered that for me at my first labor, and I had an epidural and a curious mind, so I said yes. I watched the whole thing, and it was awesome!!

00NoW... 00NoWay00

I honestly think people are way too sensitive.  I mean, "Your cervix is in Alaska" is kind of funny.  Of course, I am not easily offended and often just shake my head at all of the articles about these sorts of things.  :)

Kristin Roby

One of my nurses told me to stop being such a baby. 

Kristin Roby

I also was told I needed to be quieter because I was scaring other moms

2baby... 2babymomma

The nurse asked me why I was moaning in pain cuz it wasn't hurting. How the eff dies she know if I'm hurting or not

nonmember avatar JenniferH

I was told by a nurse while in labor. "Wow your hemroids are HUGE". Not what I want to here while trying to deliver. Embarrassing!

nonmember avatar Mommy2One

How is the mirror thing crazy?? I thought it was offered to everyone? It was offered to me but I'm squimish and was like f that.

nonmember avatar Kristi

My funny was actually said to me in an appointment. Dead serious my ob told me to remind her to bring her galoshes because I had a more than normal amount of fluid with my 3rd. (scheduled section)I reminded her in the operating room before she started and she was sooo thankful because it was a gusher when she cut.

SRTmo... SRTmom6127

I have a bit of a potty mouth on a regular everyday basis so when I was in pain I was exceptionally loud and cursing, I was told to pipe it down more then once.

nonmember avatar April

When I was in labor with my son, I told the doctor I needed to push. she got sarcastic with me, like I didn't know what I was doing and told to "Push if I felt I needed to" in the most conscending manner possible. So I did. And with the first push, most of my son came out. She wasn't ready and started screaming at me to stop pushing. A little too late, lady

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