I watched most of this episode yesterday (I had to turn it off when my SO came home because he's not into birth shows :P ). I thought it was really awful. The nurse for the woman who ended up with the c-section seemed really rude and disrespectful right off the bat when she was asking about dilation. I got the impression that everyone who came into that room was being really derisive. I felt so bad for that mama.
The producers of the show obviously have a very low opinion of natural birth, but I don't really believe that all those sideways glances and grins were really a reaction to the natural birth couple's vocalizations. It seemed like really hokey editing to me. I think their nurse had all of the best intentions, but she did say she's been in nursing for something like 17 years, so I think medicalized birth is really all she knows so there was a huge communication barrier between her and the doula and the birthing couple. Would I want her as my nurse in that situation? No. But I wouldn't call her a Nurse Ratched, because I think she was coming from a genuinely well-meaning place.
The dental hygenist saying "You wouldn't get your tooth pulled without anesthetic, why would you have a baby that way?" Ugh. You really think of your baby as a tooth? Are you going to toss it into a biomedical waste bin afterwards too, then?