Emory Healthcare said the video of the now-former nurses was “disrespectful and unprofessional,” and does not “represent our commitment to patient-family-centered care.”
They shared the things about expecting mothers and their families that annoy them in a TikTok video at an Atlanta hospital.
“My ick is when you come in for your induction, talking about, ‘Can I take a shower and eat?’” one nurse says.
“My ick is when you ask me how much the baby weighs and it’s still in your hands,” a second nurse says.
A popular trend started on TikTok, where users describe what turned them off to a person. Emory University Hospital Midtown nurses participated in the trend.
One of the nurses in the video says her “ick” is when the mother refuses pain medication, but you are in eight out of 10 pain. Another nurse says: “The dad comes outside and asks for a paternity test right outside the door.”
Nurses describe family members coming to the nurse’s station “every five minutes” and the father going from one room to another between two baby mamas.”
It said the video was disrespectful and unprofessional and did not “reflect Emory Healthcare’s commitment to patient-family-centered care.”
“Our former employees responsible for the video have been investigated and appropriate measures have been taken,” the company said on Instagram.
As of Saturday, Emory Healthcare did not return a request for comment on whether the nurses were fired as a direct result of the video.
Instagram user said the video “just showed everyone where NOT to go,” while another person said childbirth is one of the most vulnerable times in a woman’s life.
“Having them belittled and mocked during that experience is outright unacceptable. If they’re saying these things on camera, who knows what they said amongst themselves or how they treated their patients,” one person wrote.
According to Emory Healthcare, patients should always feel treated with “care and respect.”
“Our patients deserve compassionate, experienced care in a comfortable, safe environment,” the company said.