Sullivan again queried on miscarriages

Barb Sweet
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The issue of women being treated for miscarriages was brought up again in the House of Assembly today.

Over the last week, The Telegram has been telling the stories of women and their spouses who feel the emergency room isn’t the appropriate place for them to be treated for miscarriages, as the wait is long and they feel compassion is lacking.

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael again asked Health Minister Susan Sullivan today what she is going to do to address the concerns.

“The policy of not monitoring and supporting women who are miscarrying at less than 20 weeks has put some women at risk. I ask the minister: what is she doing to ensure that women under 20 weeks get the same treatment as other pregnant women?”

Sullivan reiterated Eastern Health protocol, which states women who are fewer than 20 weeks pregnant with a pregnancy related issue are first assessed in the ER.

Michael said the minister needs to investigate why the protocol appears not to be working and do something about it.

Under the protocol, women who are 20 weeks or more along in their pregnancy are sent to the labour and delivery unit for assessment. So are women who don’t know how far along they are. Women, of course, are also advised to go to the ER for issues not related to their pregnancy.

 Tomorrow’s Telegram will tell the story of a woman who suffered an ectopic pregnancy.

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