ob superstitions

  1. Anyone want to share any ob superstitions?
    Like never do a wet setup on a primip until she is pushing.
    We have separate postpartum flowsheets for c/s and vag...never stamp the vag delivery packs until delivery or you've set her up for a vaginal bypass.
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  3. by   Goodlaura6
    Of course there are superstitions!

    NEVER wipe the labor board clean even if all the Pt's have gone to PP (for those few of us working LDR's only)

    Birthing Plan people end up with everything they didn't want and more complications than those without birthing plans

    Natural Childbirth folks seem to always have the retained placenta's: eek:

    Do the c/section paper work to ward one off
  4. by   trixie
    We turn the lights on in our c-room to "ward off the evil spirits" if we are nervous about a particular labor. We also get out the foley kit, shave prep kit, and c-section papers. We would rather put them away unused than use them!

    If we want labor patients, we just shut off the screen on our central monitoring system--works like a charm!

    I also tell inductions to NOT bring in all their bags from the car until they are sure they will be in labor and deliver! Of course, this depends on the dr. as some dr's will not send inductions home--would rather deliver them either way!

    I agree with the birth plan one--they always get everything they didn't want and MORE!
  5. by   Cali
    Never say the "Q" word. The Med-Surg nurses always come up and say " It's quiet up here, don't you guys have any patients"? Soon after, we have many patients.

    If a pt. is checked and she is not in active labor, don't make the bed until the end of the shift or she'll come back
    Last edit by Cali on Feb 8, '02
  6. by   delirium
    I'm not sure if this counts as a superstition, but I found this out my first semester in nursing school.
    How about redheads and PPH?
  7. by   Cali
    OMG................MsPurp, I have heard the exact same thing about redheads. One of our OB Docs was talking about it.
  8. by   delirium
    I took care of a primip who happened to be a redhead and had a pretty severe PPH.
    The L&D RNs say whenever they are running low on pit, a slew of redheads come up to give birth.
    :roll
  9. by   bagladyrn
    If I have a labor pt. who's been poking along all night, I put on a fresh pot of coffee and stick my dinner in the microwave - Just about guaranteed I'll hear "I've got to push NOW!"
  10. by   MickeymomRN
    That's a true one!

    How about when a new staff member asks "have we ever had a(you fill in the emergency) ?" Next for the following weeks, you hear about cases of it.
  11. by   rdhdnrs
    All so true!!
    What about when a thunderstorm comes through? We always say "water's breaking all over the world".
  12. by   shay
    Oooooooo yes....

    Cook/order your dinner, your pt. will need to push.

    Crappy strip all day, doc won't call the c/s unitl 1855.

    The amt. of 'stuff' a pt. brings from home is inversely proportional to the dilation of the cervix...i.e., if she comes in by herself with only her purse, SHE'S READY TO DELIVER. If she comes in with all her bags, 2 pillows, her hubby, her doula, and her mother, she's a fingertip.

    Rain, snow, or any drop in barometric pressure = county-wide SROM.

    If you shave and prep her, she will delivery vaginally.

    Screaming pt. who is in most NEED of an epidural (because you'll kill her otherwise), you can GUARANTEE the SLOWEST, LOUSIEST, GRUMPIEST anes. doc is on.
  13. by   rdhdnrs
    Hey shay great to hear your voice.
    Also, pt whose dad is administration at the hosp....wil always end up with 24-hour labor then c/sec. Or if her family member is a lawyer!!!
  14. by   HazeK
    birth plan = c/s

    putting c/s paperwork on chart decreases likelyhood of a c/s

    children tend to be very inconvenient...
    they all seem to deliver at shift changes or
    at mealtimes!

    if they show up for induction w/ luggage, car seat, diaper bags, etc...they are primips!
    if they show up without a purse or jewelry or other baggage, they are multips!

    redheads bleed more. period.
    (no medical proof...but just ask around)

    never, ever say the "Q" word!!

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