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how can you read an ultrasound THAT wrong??
If I'm understanding it correctly, I think the assertion is that the patient claimed she'd had an ultrasound and had seen no heartbeat and wanted to be induced--not that anybody at the hospital had performed the ultrasound and seen no heartbeat. And even if that were the case--wouldn't you still do your own ultrasound? Request records? Anything?
You know, Ashley, I assumed when the doctor said "so she said she did an ultrasound and she said no heart beat" that she [the doctor] was referring to the intern as "she." Now I don't think that she was referring to the intern.
This happened where I live, and where I work toward gentle, natural births with women and their families. I have lived in Fayetteville, NC for years now, and am dismayed at the induction and c-section trends that continue to match those of the national average. I am shocked at this story, and disappointed that the doctors only received letters of reprimand. What does this say to the pregnant women of United States, NC, and Fayetteville, NC by the NC Medical Board when they only issue a simple slap on the wrist? I am saddened that this has happened, in the United States, and in the state and city that I call home, especially since I work with women and their families everyday.
I was also very unclear about who the 'she' was the doctor was referring to.
When I was having some bleeding issues in one of my pregnancies, I went to my local urgent care, they gave me paperwork to go to the hospital and the OB/GYN that saw me in urgent care gave me paperwork for overnight observation.
WHen I got tot he ER and gave them the paperwork, they ignored the OB's request and conducted their own exams and did what they felt was necessary... several hours on IV and send me home.
I was told that no self-respecting doctor will simply take another doctor's protocol at face value without conducting their own exam. If they felt my situation warranted admittance, I would have been admitted.
Whoa! Not seeing a heartbeat is very different than just not seeing a fetus at all. It's also highly unusual to do a c-section for an IUFD. It's beyond me how that could have happened.
OK, at least they thought it was a fetal demise. I can't believe they didn't confirm a fetal demise, however. Did no one do a Leopold maneuver on her? Please tell me there was a large fibroid or something. But, if there was, they would have mentioned it in the report.
OK< now that I've read the comments, I got from the news report that it was the intern who diagnosed the IUFD by ultrasound. Yes, absolutely, it should have been confirmed, no matter if it was an intern or an outside diagnosis.
Even if there was a dead fetus - WTF would you compormise future fertility?!!! There is no medical reason not to just wait if mom is fine and baby is dead. Ceserean is supposed to be life saving. If the fetus is dead it doesn't
That is absolutely crazy. Think of all the things the doctors didn't do- they didn't feel for a head, (since there wasn't one), didn't check fetal heart rate, didn't do an ultrasound to confirm baby was head down, or any of the other tons of things they could have done in which they would have noticed there was no baby in there!
How exactly did they get to the point of having a c-section anyway? What grounds could they have had for doing a c-section anyway?!? Fetal distress? And what kind of woman willingly submits to a c-section when there isn't a baby in there? She seriously needs some help. Sounds like the hospital needs to reevaluate how they do things too. Kind of makes you wonder how many other c-sections have been done unnecessarily there (ones WITH a baby).