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Labour + birth

16th Feb 2024

‘My doctor told me to be quiet when I was giving birth’


This mum dealt with quite a harsh doctor during her birth

A mum took to social media to reveal the shocking thing that happened to her when she gave birth.

“With all of my kids, I did natural, unmedicated hospital births. The story with my third one is pretty interesting…” the TikTok video begins.

TikTok mum Yasmyn Switzer, shared a video saying that the doctor delivering her baby “yelled at [her] to be quiet.”

The clip has since had millions of views, prompting Switzer to do a follow-up video with more details.

“With all of my kids, I did natural, unmedicated hospital births. The story with my third one is pretty interesting,” she said in the follow-up TikTok.

The mum-of-three went on to say that she was asking for water while she was in labour but it took over half an hour for them to bring her some. She also said she was “really uncomfortable” as the midwife was demonstrating how to check how dilated she was to another midwife who appeared to be in training. But her real issue came when the doctor arrived as she reached the second stage of labour.

“The doctor came in right after my water broke, right before I started pushing,” she continued.

“And as I’m pushing, I’m not screaming or being that loud but I’m moaning along with when I’m pushing my water out. I’m just kinda listening to my body as far as pushing with the contractions and everything.

“In the middle of one of my contractions, as I’m pushing her out, I’m making noise and the doctor says something along the lines of, ‘I’m going to need you to be quiet so that I can hear’.

“It was so rude. I’ve been with this doctor a lot throughout my pregnancies and she’s always not had the best bedside manner.

“I blacked out for a minute after she said that because I completely lost my focus and rhythm with my pushing but luckily one of the nurses snapped me back into focus and said, ‘Just hold your breath and push’ and I just looked at the ceiling and just pushed her out… I was pretty mad about the experience with the doctors and nurses.”

Naturally, people watching Switzer’s video were outraged on her behalf, many urging her to take action against the hospital.