Things Midwives hear all the time from women in labour

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We’ve seen it all, and heard it all. There are some common themes when it comes to women in the throes of labour, so don’t worry about what you say when you’re in pain, scared, confused, high on gas and air and generally don’t want to be there. Apart from the odd curveball, these are the most common sayings and phrases we hear all the time from women giving birth. Recognise yourself?

I can’t do this

I want to go home

I want an epidural

This isn’t working!

I’m sorry

It’s hurting

It’s really hurting

It’s not stopping

I need  a break

I need the toilet

Help me

Get it out

Pull it out

I don’t know what to do

I can’t move

 I’m so tired

I feel sick

I’m going to be sick

Don’t touch me

Rub my back

No not there, there

Don’t leave me

I really can’t do it

No-ones listening to me!

Is my baby OK?

I’m sorry

Please ladies, don’t apologise (I know it’s in twice, it’s so common) – for swearing, shouting, getting pain relief, squeezing our hand, thrashing around, making a mess, being sick, not shaving your legs, not brushing your teeth – whatever it is it’s natural and normal, and we really don’t mind, it’s part of the job. When you say the gas isn’t working, it usually is, it’s just the pain is increasing, or your body’s tolerance has increased. When you say you need the toilet (poo) it’s usually the baby’s head pressing on your bowel and a sign things are progressing – we get excited and get things ready. We also don’t care if you say all these things and more, it’s one of the few times in your life you’re vulnerable, scared and in pain, and we’re there for you, we understand. We may have heard it all before, but we know it’s all new and frightening for you and we’ll be on hand to reassure and comfort you. Trust us, we’re midwives.

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February 2, 2017
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  • Reply John Adams

    I just had to read this. I’ve often wondered about the things midwives must hear. I imagine you’re also self censoring a lot! You midwives must be very hard to shock.

    February 3, 2017 at 10:51 am
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      Yes, completely unshockable, or at least we don’t show it! Yes lots of choice swear words

      February 3, 2017 at 11:27 am
  • Reply Becky | Bringing up the Berneys

    I love this, I think I said all of them and more when I had my little boy! It’s amazing how it all just disappears once your baby arrives though! I have nothing but the highest of praise and appreciation for midwives and support workers, you are truly wonderful people, and you often don’t get the recognition you so deserve! So from me, THANK YOU for everything you do!
    Becky x

    February 7, 2017 at 1:21 pm
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      Thank you xxx

      February 7, 2017 at 1:35 pm

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