Miscarriages in Emergency

When, on Nov. 5, 2013, The Telegram published Barb Sweet's account of a woman who suffered a miscarriage in a local hospital emergency room, the response was swift. The number and variety of stories from people who had similar experiences continues to grow.

Miscarriages in Emergency
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The emergency room at St. Clare's in St. John's
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two angel babies
- February 10, 2016
- 19 h 00

i had my first miscarriage in the ER July 2014, at 16 weeks. The doctors and nurses were very sympathetic to my situation, except for the obstetrician on-call who was very abrupt, and unsympathetic when the baby's foot came off on his finger and my husband was right there to see it. The problem was they are not equipped to handle those types of emotional situations. the poor male nurse was like a deer caught in headlights. We were lucky in that we were put through immediately, and were only there for less than 5 hours from the time we entered the building until we left. We were put with a family dr intern who was very sympathetic and stayed with me the entire time. However, when we left we were not given any information on where to go/what to do next. Nothing was mentioned about clergy or psychology services. We were not supplied with any brochures or follow-up information. we were not asked what we would like done with the remains (funeral home or have the hospital take care of it), or given information regarding the memorial services for lost pregnancies. When I got home I called my dr and was able to get in to see her right away. it was there we were given some information on miscarriages and asked if I would like to see the psychologist. I had my second miscarriage two days ago and went through the gynecology ward. it was a totally different…

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