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Table 3 Quotes illustrating mistreatment of US women

From: The Giving Voice to Mothers study: inequity and mistreatment during pregnancy and childbirth in the United States

Before I switched to a birth center, one military midwife was disrespectful of our cultural needs and refused to accept them. When I mentioned my desires, I was belittled and made to feel incompetent.
Hispanic woman who gave birth in California
The doctor who refused to test me for an amniotic fluid leak and instead tested me for an STD test I had already received during the pregnancy. I believe his assumption that I was leaking something due to an STD rather than a pregnancy complication was due to race and put my life and my newborns life at risk - I went a week leaking fluid after I had went in to get it checked out. I worry that Doctor is still discriminating against other mothers and they are receiving negligent care as well.
Black woman who gave birth in California
I was told I was hurting my children and being selfish because I wanted to have a vaginal delivery. Both children were in head down birth position. I was forced into a cesarean by my OB.
Indigenous woman who gave birth in Texas
The doctor who performed my c-section was hateful, rude, rough and threatening.
Indigenous woman who gave birth in Oklahoma
[I was] forced to be in a hospital because of having Medicaid which led to many interventions and being bullied/talked down to until I agreed. This pregnancy we saved up for a midwife so I can have a home birth.
Indigenous woman who gave birth in New York State
The amount of times I felt coerced into decisions or was mocked or rushed. Overall it was a very dehumanizing and frustrating experience … original ob/gyn practice was rude and insulting to me and said that I risked having child protective services being called if I refused antibiotics due to being GBS positive.
White woman who gave birth in NJ
The forced episiotomy. The doctor didn’t care, refused to give me medication because my episiotomy hurt, Nurse XX from XX told me to get over it and gave me lube & told me to do anal sex instead! That’s the care we’re getting in Southern California if you are not insured & have to rely on Medical insurance.
Hispanic woman who gave birth in California
When I refused to be induced-even after I was a couple days “overdue” I seriously started to feel like *I* was the problem. It was horrible.
White woman who gave birth in Iowa at 24
I hated being shouted at and lied to by the midwife.. I never dreamed that a woman would treat a laboring woman that way. She was abusive and downright mean. I was refused food and water for 26 hours. I wasn’t allowed to move out of bed to walk around. I felt like I lost my autonomy over my own body. I had given up and I remember weeping when my son was born. I was at least glad he was safe. I felt like a child and I felt so unlike my usual self. These professionals broke my spirit.
Hispanic woman who gave birth at a in hospital birth center inside a hospital in North Carolina
The way I was treated during postpartum. If I was given adequate support with breastfeeding and actual education about it, I feel I would have been successful outright instead of struggling for months, and if I was not judged for being a younger mom, I would have felt safe and secure
South Asian woman who gave birth in Nevada
One nurse, whom we otherwise really liked, made comments generalizing about people by race (e.g., “you Asian women all tear during birth”). It wasn’t done in a judgmental way but I would have preferred that she not say such things.
East Asian woman
I was offered WIC repeatedly though I explained that I did not qualify. I believe it was because I am Latina and my partner black that we were repeatedly offered WIC.
Hispanic woman with Black partner in New York