13. “The doctors straight-up ignored me every time I would complain about the pain.”
“I was 36 weeks pregnant and I was having stomach pains, so I would call my doctor or go to the ER, but they kept sending me home. I had been having complications pretty much my whole pregnancy — I was severely underweight and on top of that, I was at risk for preeclampsia. The doctors straight-up ignored me every time I would complain about the pain. I felt my stomach tighten and I could see my baby’s foot, but because I wasn’t screaming they thought I was fine. I went to the ER with my mom for the last time before my due date and she told me that I should start screaming, because they wouldn’t believe my pain otherwise, so I did.
The doctor was actually in the middle of telling me she was sending me home when my water finally broke. Hours later, they finally acknowledged that I had been in labor for three days, but because my water hadn’t broken, they didn’t take me seriously. Ultimately, my nurse wasn’t checking on me like she should have, so I missed out on an epidural and had to have a natural birth.”