There are so many stories out there, so in tribute for those of infant or child loss, like myself, I hope you love this design as much as I do.
I don't want to be a voice above the others, that is just not my goal here. However, I do want to raise awareness for child loss and to be aware of scams out there.
My husband and I had previously lost two pregnancies due to malpractice at two different hospitals. So, when we found out we were expecting again...I just couldn't go through with hospital care. Not after everything. Intead, I found a reputable Midwifery. I called them up and we got an appointment right away to tour the facility and learn more about them.
Here's what they promised:
1) A sterile and mask required facility. With only one gust over 18 allowed with the patient, even during birth.
2) Only two births, with rooms stationed across the faculty at any given time.
3) A partnership with the local hospital just in case, Though their healthy birth rates were 98%. They also had oxygen and an emt on stand by during birth if needed that would get the patient through until an ambulance from the partnering hospital arrived.
We thought that was great. However, in my 38th week of pregnancy, I had slipped on ice and rushed to the Midwifery to get things checked out. We got there and got checked out...and was told everything was great with the baby..I had broken my fall with my arm so...broken arm for me. I didn't mind one bit.
Around my 40th week, we swung by the Midwifery to make our "Pay early" payment. Now, we were told never to just show up...for C19 reasons you had to have an appointment...makes sense. But I called before going in...to make sure I could either come in and drop off the payment or if someone could come out to get the check...
I was told that the lady I was looking for was an EX-partner and had been fired. I told them it must be some mistake, I'd been a patient in their facility for my entire pregnancy and was scheduled for birth soon.
They said that's not possible. I was invited in to discuss this with the actual owner of the place. I showed her my contract with the place and the lady I'd been cared for by.
They said she must have been seeing me when the place was normally closed and she had to have an old key to the place. And since she was not a Midwife there and the contract was fake, I was not technically a patient there either and they could not start a patient at 40 weeks so I would have to find another provider.
We were horrified. And we had paid $6000 out of pocket to the Midwife. But we understood and we did not want a legal battle, I did not want the stress to affect the baby. It took us two weeks to get into a new provider and my daughter was born with a heart condition.
This is why we are doing a fundraiser...for her care and for awareness.