It struck me as she said this just how rarely I hear that term in the delivery area. In an area filled with high emotion and people in pain, I practically never hear the F word, although I didn't realize that until I heard it at this delivery. I'm a little surprised by that. You would think we would hear it commonly as an exclamation - not only because it's a common expletive but also because the F word and pregnancies share a common origin.
I'm not sure why we don't hear it much. I mean, I'm sure our patients have it in their vocabulary. Yet, in the labor and delivery area, cries to an almighty being far outweigh the use of the F word. Don't get me wrong: I'm not asking to hear it more, just puzzling briefly over it's scarcity.
This mother had more unusual language, too. As mentioned before, this was a large baby, weighing more than 4 kilograms, more than 9 pounds. When told this the mother asked "Is that why it hurted so much?"
Yes, the nurse said, that's why it hurted so much.
Good grief - it's contagious.