Four labor and delivery nurses at an Atlanta hospital have come under fire for a TikTok video in which they shared the things that annoy them about pregnant women and their families.
“My thing is when you come for your initiation, saying, ‘Can I take a shower and eat?’ said a nurse.
“My disgust is when you ask me how much the baby weighs and he’s still in your hands,” said a second nurse.
Nurses at Emory University Hospital Midtown were participating in a popular trend where users share their “bad guys” or scum about a person. The TikTok trend originally started as a way for someone to describe why they stopped dating another person.
In the video, another nurse says her “shit” is when the mother says she doesn’t want painkillers “but you have eight pains out of 10”. Another nurse said, “The father comes out and asks for a paternity test right outside the bedroom door.”
One of the nurses says that members of the family come to the guard post “every five minutes” and that the father “goes from room to room between a little mother and the other little mother”.
Emory Healthcare said the video was “disrespectful and unprofessional” and does “not represent our commitment to patient and family-centered care.”
“We have investigated the situation and taken appropriate action with the former employees responsible for the video,” the company said in an Instagram post.
It is unclear whether the company fired the nurses as a direct result of the video. Emory Healthcare did not immediately return a request for comment on Saturday.
One Instagram user said the video was “just showing everyone where NOT to go”, while another said childbirth is one of the most vulnerable times for a woman.
“To be belittled and mocked during this experience is completely unacceptable. If they say these things on camera, who knows what they said to each other or how they treated their patients. It’s truly sad,” wrote the person.
Emory Healthcare said in its statement that patients should always feel they are being treated with “care and respect”.
“Every Emory Healthcare patient deserves to be cared for by a compassionate and experienced team in a comfortable and safe environment,” the company said.