Not quite a lie, but a definite manipulation.
"I'm afraid that your cervix is going to start swelling."
After 24 hours of labor, in mid-contraction, I heard "I'm afraid that your cervix has started swelling."
I give into the epidural and pitocin, crying about it like a baby.
Only when in Birthing from Within class 3 years later, with my doula present, due to the damage that this birth experience did to me, did I realise what had actually been said. I also drew pictures of closed doors and people whispering, and my doula then confirmed that the nurses and doctors were talking about me outside the door, deciding how to manipulate me into the managed birth that I was refusing. It was a calculated strategy to get me to give in.
I still fantasize about contacting them and telling them how bad I feel about it, eight years on. I am still so angry, as my birth was stolen from me. I hate those nurses so vehemently for what they did to me. But of course, I had a healthy baby, so it was all justified.