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As a doula I have witnessed a sort of "good girl" phoenomenon at many hospital births: often when a woman is laboring to push, sweaty, grunting, loud - a doctor or nurse will say, "Good Girl!" I'm sure the intention is to encourage, but it is strangely disorienting - and in some cases very distracting to the labouring mother - almost like a reminder to BE a good girl at a time when much "good girl" behavior (cleanliness, quietness, smiling) is not only unnecessary, but almost impossible to pull off.
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