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  • DJD
    November 15, 2013 - 17:24

    my daughter went to Carbonear Hospital to the walk in clinic in may 2012 ,she was a couple months pregnant,and bleeding ,she was sent to the emergency and seen by a nurse,it was 12;30 pm,told to go out and wait until she was called,she was in such misery,sweating,heavy cramping ,we went back to the nurse and was told she would move her up,by 7:30 we were fed up and decided to go to town,when she stood up she was flooding and I lost it,they called her in and was told she had lost it,she probably would have lost it anyhow but she should not have gone through it in a waiting room full of people.poisoned with it all...

  • CB
    November 14, 2013 - 20:14

    My wife and I experienced two miscarriages in recent years. We were able to avoid the ER as she was under referred to the women's health department by our family Dr. We found the Eastern Health medical staff to be very companionate and they seemed to understand the heartbreaking event we were experiencing. Women and their families should not be left in the ER when they are experiencing this tremendous stress and feeling of loss. No matter how common miscarriage may be, it is devastating and for many is one of the few times, in their otherwise healthy youth, that they truly depend on the health care system. One eastern health receptionist (not sure if she was a nurse) was mean to my wife on a follow up visit, but this was the exception in our experience (still something that EH should try to prevent though). That was hard enough to deal with - I can't imagine what it must feel like to be treated poorly during an emergency situation.

  • South lands Mom
    November 14, 2013 - 17:10

    I feel for all these families. I have to say that I was treated with respect and dignity when I went to the ER having a miscarriage. They took me in right away. I was alone, my husband was home with our kids. That made my nerves a little shaky. However, I was seen very quickly, and treated with compassion. I had an appointment at the Woman's Health Centre within a week, ( my situation wasn't dire). And I was given an ultrasound whereby they found out I had a blighted ovum, and then the spontaneous abortion drug. It was very difficult, but these things happen. The health care professionals I encountered were wonderful. I am sorry that others have had very sad and distressing experiences.

  • Brad
    November 14, 2013 - 13:38

    I was in the HSC which one of my relatives was in for major pains while she was 24 weeks pregnant. I went up there and she was still in pain, and was never checked on...but the nurses had no problem standing around, chatting, texting their friends, or going on facebook. Eastern Health needs to review their staff, a lot of people I think are in nursing for the easy money and overtime, not for what the job actually entails. Maybe if they got off their phones and actually did their jobs, we wouldnt be having those complaints! And they complain about being understaffed. Yea right!

  • Shocked and appalled
    November 14, 2013 - 11:19

    I cannot believe, that in this day and age, Mothers losing their babies to miscarriage or stillbirth are still being treated like this. You would be treated with more compassion and dignity if you went to the ER with a common cold. Change is needed. Education and training are needed for ER staff. Services and resources for mothers and fathers experiencing the loss of a child are needed. BADLY needed. How many more horror stories doe the powers that be at Eastern Health need to hear before they do something? Does a mother need to DIE while awaiting treatment for an ectopic pregnancy for them to take this seriously? In the meantime, while we wait for Eastern Health to WAKE UP, parents who've experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage/stillbirth/infant death are welcome to join the Facebook group Pregnancy and Infant Loss Newfoundland and Labrador. https://www.facebook.com/groups/pailnl/ Please don't suffer alone.

  • BAYMAN
    November 14, 2013 - 10:38

    The fact that The Telegram does not publish readers comments about Eastern Health, just ignores and does not help improve this sort of situation.

  • hurting never completely stops
    November 14, 2013 - 09:20

    well I miscarried at home without Misoprostol as I was told that it was safer for my body to clean out on its own, thats after finding out my baby had died...hard enough to deal with.....my miscarriage started at 530 and lasted until 430 the next morning, nothing could have every prepared me for what happenend in that time frame....scarred...scarred for life is one phrase that describes my experience after a horrible experience at the HSC 4 months prior with a previous miscarriage.......I was offered nothing, but the internet as my support and information........lockily I found support from my employee assistance program at work, I am starting to finally "start to understand and deal with" what had happen and the tragedy I had experienced with moth miscarriages. My heart goes out to every woman who has every had a miscarriage. A piece of you dies at that point in time. I wish we could have gotten support and help, but we are stronger for having to do this on our own and prospering into the strong women we are today.

  • Still hurting
    November 14, 2013 - 08:12

    Wow. I read this story and I say finally....finally someone is listening. The Health Science Centre is the worse place to go if you are having a miscarriage. I would NEVER recommend the HSC if you are having pregnancy related issues. I have many pregnany related horror stories about the HSC. My first experience at the HSC was similar to this story except that it took me 11 months to finally get a D&C after Misoprostol didn't work for me. Let me tell you how shocking the pamplet about Misoprostol is when the first thing you read is says this drug meant for serious arthritis but "the Health Science Centre has found that is effective in spontaneous abortions". And this is thrown in your hand you and you are shown the door. I didn't want an abortion! I was miscarrying! There were no explanations of what is going to happen, the 1-800 health line knew nothing about the drug, and when you have spent 3 days in a hot bath hoping to soothe the pain and have no choice but to show back up at Emergency you have to beg them not to make you wait another 6 hours to see a Doctor. The HSC is a disgrace for pregnant and miscarrying women.

  • silent hurt
    November 14, 2013 - 06:58

    As someone who suffered a miscarriage in January 2013, I'm going to call BS on the "specific instructions" about misoprostol. Thank god for google giving me some sort of idea, or I would have been scarred for life after that started to work while I was at home. I also thank god for a supportive husband who is not queasy about that sort of thing, and I can't imagine going through it by myself, or in the eyes of the general public in an ER waiting room. Thankfully I did get to avoid the ER thanks to my family doc referring me to the EPAC clinic at the HSC at the first sign of trouble.

  • Karen fiander
    November 14, 2013 - 05:33

    I myself had a similar incident while pregnant in 2005. I began bleeding and went directly to the health sciences ER. After waiting for hours they finally took me in for an exam and realized i had a hematoma the size of an orange right next to the fetus which was only 5 weeks at the time. Ur going to misscarry they said. I didnt know what to do? They told me they'd keep me in overnight due to the size of the bloodclot and put me in a room with an eldery lady who was dieing with cancer. Nobody checked on me all night, myself and the unknown woman from the west coast talked alot that night about what we were both going through. I felt horrible for her as she had no hope left of recovering from her dreadful disease and i had very little hope of my 2nd child ever seeing this world. She told me she'd say many prayers that night in hopes the baby would make it! I cried the whole night in my pillow until i feel asleep. The next morning the doctor walked in the room and said ur still here? I figured u would have miscarried by now, he said. I was shocked...they then brought me down for a second ultrasound and when the technician looked the whole hemmatoma the size of an orange had vanished she was astounded. The baby was doing well and they had no explanation to five me except it happens. They released me that day and i am forever greatful to the unknown lady who prayed to god for my help! I have my almost 7 yr old son in my life today thanks to her and we are blessed but if it was not for her my story may have ended differently. Its sad really the way they treat you when you baby isnt over 20 wks. Its still a baby and couples try for years to get that far only to be treated like its no big deal when a miscarriage occurs. Its a very big deal...huge actually! The feelings, emotions, loss and hurt are enormous for a family dealing with it.

  • Karen fiander
    November 14, 2013 - 05:32

    I myself had a similar incident while pregnant in 2005. I began bleeding and went directly to the health sciences ER. After waiting for hours they finally took me in for an exam and realized i had a hematoma the size of an orange right next to the fetus which was only 5 weeks at the time. Ur going to misscarry they said. I didnt know what to do? They told me they'd keep me in overnight due to the size of the bloodclot and put me in a room with an eldery lady who was dieing with cancer. Nobody checked on me all night, myself and the unknown woman from the west coast talked alot that night about what we were both going through. I felt horrible for her as she had no hope left of recovering from her dreadful disease and i had very little hope of my 2nd child ever seeing this world. She told me she'd say many prayers that night in hopes the baby would make it! I cried the whole night in my pillow until i feel asleep. The next morning the doctor walked in the room and said ur still here? I figured u would have miscarried by now, he said. I was shocked...they then brought me down for a second ultrasound and when the technician looked the whole hemmatoma the size of an orange had vanished she was astounded. The baby was doing well and they had no explanation to five me except it happens. They released me that day and i am forever greatful to the unknown lady who prayed to god for my help! I have my almost 7 yr old son in my life today thanks to her and we are blessed but if it was not for her my story may have ended differently. Its sad really the way they treat you when you baby isnt over 20 wks. Its still a baby and couples try for years to get that far only to be treated like its no big deal when a miscarriage occurs. Its a very big deal...huge actually! The feelings, emotions, loss and hurt are enormous for a family dealing with it.

  • Karen fiander
    November 14, 2013 - 05:31

    I myself had a similar incident while pregnant in 2005. I began bleeding and went directly to the health sciences ER. After waiting for hours they finally took me in for an exam and realized i had a hematoma the size of an orange right next to the fetus which was only 5 weeks at the time. Ur going to misscarry they said. I didnt know what to do? They told me they'd keep me in overnight due to the size of the bloodclot and put me in a room with an eldery lady who was dieing with cancer. Nobody checked on me all night, myself and the unknown woman from the west coast talked alot that night about what we were both going through. I felt horrible for her as she had no hope left of recovering from her dreadful disease and i had very little hope of my 2nd child ever seeing this world. She told me she'd say many prayers that night in hopes the baby would make it! I cried the whole night in my pillow until i feel asleep. The next morning the doctor walked in the room and said ur still here? I figured u would have miscarried by now, he said. I was shocked...they then brought me down for a second ultrasound and when the technician looked the whole hemmatoma the size of an orange had vanished she was astounded. The baby was doing well and they had no explanation to five me except it happens. They released me that day and i am forever greatful to the unknown lady who prayed to god for my help! I have my almost 7 yr old son in my life today thanks to her and we are blessed but if it was not for her my story may have ended differently. Its sad really the way they treat you when you baby isnt over 20 wks. Its still a baby and couples try for years to get that far only to be treated like its no big deal when a miscarriage occurs. Its a very big deal...huge actually! The feelings, emotions, loss and hurt are enormous for a family dealing with it.