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“The doctor is not happy with you, you are not supposed to be testing for pregnancy this early.” – Staff at the OB office, when a mother with a history of loss, took a home pregnancy test that was positive and then showed signs of miscarrying and wanted further care.
“You can go ahead and try again whenever you feel ready.” – OB after delivering the news that mother was definitely miscarrying. The mother mad met the OB the day before after going to the ER for dehydration and discovering an unplanned pregnancy. Her husband was already scheduled for a vasectomy. The OB didn’t bother to get any history from the mother before sending her for labs and then giving her this “advice.”
“It’s okay dear, you just have a bladder infection. Those pains you’re feeling aren’t contractions, our monitors would have picked that up if they were. It’s just pain from the infection and because you’re dehydrated. You need to go home, drink more fluids and rest.” – L&D nurse to mother who came to the hospital at 24 weeks in labor, but was in the process of being sent home.
“Congrats! You’re pregnant!” – OB nurse when delivering lab results. When the mother didn’t reply, the nurse asked if the mother was trying to get pregnant. The mother had been classified as a “threatened miscarriage” and was anxiously waiting for test results.
Ultrasound technician: “Well, there’s no sign of a pregnancy here. If you are as far along as you think, we would see it by now.”
Mother: “So, what has happened? My pregnancy test this morning was still positive?”
Ultrasound technician shrugging shoulders: “It must have just come out when you went to the toilet.”
“Do you want to sit in the GYN clinic waiting room, honey? It’s right next door, and I can have the nurses call you from there.” – Receptionist at a hospital-based OB clinic, offering to let a mother avoid the OB waiting room at a follow-up appointment two weeks after a miscarriage.
“The chief obstetrician has only let someone go past 40 weeks ONCE since they have been in practice. It was the OB’s sister and her baby died. So needless to say, we don’t let anyone go past 40 weeks.” – Midwife from the midwifery/OB shared practice, at the first prenatal for a first time mother.