Mar 062013

“Oh, that’s normal.” – L&D nurse to postpartum mother who was passing fist sized clots.

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 March 6, 2013  L&D Nurse, postpartum  Add comments

  16 Responses to ““Oh, That’s Normal.””

  1. So, when my doctor warned me to look out for this exact situation, that was just part of the tour? Like, “And, coming up on your right, you will see fist-sized blood clots! Get your cameras ready!”

  2. And we’re supposed to birth in hospitals so that we can be under the expert care of medical professionals who can act quickly at the first sign of trouble. Right…

  3. why did they ask you to tell them when things like this happen if they’re just going to wave it off?

  4. Scary thought: Maybe at this hospital, it *is* normal…?

  5. this was my first pregnancy and it was awful for the entire thing it started with nausea and vomiting so bad the i couldn’t keep water down, i was hospitalized for dehydration so many times i lost count and the doctor never thought anything of it , every time i had an ultra sound the doctor would change my due date my final due date was in mid June but i didn’t deliver until august 4th after having back labor for 3 days (that was missed by the doctor despite having to go in for monitoring everyday after i went pasted 42 weeks ) i ended up having my blood pressure become erratic and being induced without being told what any of the risks were or how much it would hurt and my husband couldn’t come be with me until he got of work and went home to change, i was put in a room alone and scared for 2 hours before anyone came in to check on me and i was in tears and told the nurse i wanted to go home to have her say “think of your baby you have to do whats best for him” right before my husband got there a doctor i had never met before came in rupture my members and said “were braking your water to speed things up” after she had already done so and i was then told i was’t aloud to be up and moving around anymore because “it’s not safe for the baby for you to be moving around when your water has broken” so i got to lay on my side for another 4 hours in so much pain that i felt like i was dieing and i was in tears and every time the nurse came in to check on me i could feel her rolling her eyes, about 20 minutes before i delivered i was i n so much pain that i was begging for an epidural because i was in so much pain and i was told i would have to wait until another women was out of surgery because they apparently only had one person who could give them and by the time they were able to give me one the nurse check me and said “oh your past 8cm you can’t have an epidural now your to close to delivering” so i got to give birth in so much pain i wanted to pass out and had a sever tear the wasn’t repaired properly because they wouldn’t let me push at my own pace and every time i would so much as wimmper the nurse would look at me and say in a condescending tone “you have to keep the sound in you need to use that energy to push the baby out” after delivering my memory is patchy at best and i remember them telling me i could move to the maternity ward until i peed and i could hear my son crying and everthing in me was telling me i needed to go sooth him and make sure he was okay and when i asked the nusre to get him from tthe bassinet for me so i could feed him she said “he’s fine babies don’t need to eat for 24 hours after birth he’s just crying because it’s a new environment you need to pee so we can move you to the other room ” when i tryed to get out of the bed to get to him i almost fell falt on my face and rather then handing me my crying baby before i hurt my self trying to get to him the nurse simply set my on the toilet and told me i needed to use it before she would “let me” hold my son after that i don’t remember anything util i woke up the next day to find the bad covered in blood and needing to pee and having to wait 20 minutes for a nurse to come help me get up to go to the restroom after i had used to call button and told the nurse i felt like i was going to wet myself and i had tred to get out of bed myself but i couldn’t when she finally got there i was crying ad i barley made it to the toilet she refused to help me any more then pulling me out of bed and facing me towards the bathroom i had to drag my legs because i couldn’t lift them and when i sate down to go i passed a clot the size of my fist and when i told the nusre she looked at me and said “oh that’s normal your fine” i then asked her if she could get me some new sheets and she said “i’ll call house keeping to do it or you can do it yourself the extra sheets are in the closet you can sit in the chair by the bed until house keeping comes”
    she then left and didn’t come back i had to ask the nurse who came in to check my son’s vitals to get me someone

    • Omg! I hope you reported them! I was told any clots bigger than a golf ball! Ridiculous! I’m so sorry hun.

    • That sounds like a simply awful, traumatic, terrible pregnancy, birth, and post-partum experience. I’m so sorry you experienced so much pain and hardship, and that you were so badly abused and neglected by your medical care providers. I hope you’ve found, and are continuing to find, opportunities to heal and regain your power. If we were talking in person, I would give you the biggest hug. You are a strong woman to go through all of that, and still be so intent on caring for your new baby and advocating for yourself.

    • I’m so sorry that happened to you.

      • I’m so sorry this happened to you. Please say you reported them, especially for saying your child didn’t need to eat for 24 hours. That’s potentially devastating advice that could easily lead to failure to thrive in any infant.

    • I am so sorry you experienced this. It sounds like a truly horrific situation for you and your baby. If you need counseling to process it, or are feeling any symptoms of post-partum depression, talk to a doctor. After all of that, *I* would need help.

    • I’m so sorry all this happened to you. It’s so horrible when memories surrounding what should have been one of the happiest days of our lives are marred by the callousness and idiocy of the people who were supposed to be caring for us.
      I’m cringing and crying inside for you. After a birth where I was treated like this, I had post-partum depression, and it was horrible. You’re not alone. I hope you have supportive people around you, and someone to talk to. ((Hugs))

    • thankfully this was over 2 years ago and i did report them it was ignored they also gave my son his hepB shot after being told Multiple times we wanted to wait until his 3 month checkup to give it to him
      and the hospital swore up and down they had the singed consent form for the hep B despite the fact that i still had the unsigned consent form in my discharged papers i continued to pass large clot for several weeks after giving birth and now have 2 children the birth of my second was much better but at my first appointment for my second the ob did a pelvic exam and told my that the doctor who had delivered my son had not properly stitched up the tear and had only stitched the top layer back together and that i would need to have it repaired before giving birth again i ended up having to have it sliced back open so it could be repaired and had a minor tear when i delivered my Daughter who was a full pound and a half larger and i only needed 2 stitches from her as opposed to the 27 from my son and an additional minor surgery to repair the improperly placed first 27

  6. I was told the exact same thing and when I said it happened, “It’s normal. Just tell us if it happens again.” And yep, when it did they just didn’t care then either. I’m lucky that the worst that happened was I got so light-headed I had to stay in bed all day.

  7. It kind of makes me wonder if there are other additional signs that the nurses are supposed to be looking for in addition to large clots. I honestly don’t know. I passed one the size of a grapefruit after my first, and I kind of freaked out, but the nurse was very good- she said that just the one wasn’t necessarily a concern but that I should check to be sure I didn’t keep passing clots that size. That was the only one I passed, so it wasn’t a concern, but the nurse did continue to check with me periodically to make sure.

  8. This happened to me. My midwife explained to me that sometimes, if the mother stays in bed for a long time, then blood pools in the vagina, and clots there, and then when she gets up, she passes a huge clot, but it’s not the dangerous kind that signifies severe internal bleeding or retained placenta, it’s the kind acquired from lying still for a long time.
    But she said this only after she asked a bunch of questions first, and ascertained that this was the reason for my clot. (It didn’t happen again, I’d had an uncomplicated birth, and I don’t have any history of severe bleeding, thank God.)
    So, yes, *technically* it can be common, especially in hospitals where they keep you in bed for a long time.
    Common, maybe, but not normal.

  9. This happened to me as well, after my son’s birth. He was my first baby, born at 35 weeks. It was supposed to be my last day in the hospital, and I passed a clot the size of a large baseball. Nurse made it seem like it was no big deal, and seemed irritated that I wanted them to consult with our midwife.

    2 weeks postpartum I was still bleeding heavily, and it turned out I had a retained placental fragment.

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