If it weren’t for the fact that I love my OBGYN I would never step foot in this awful hospital again.
I went here to have my baby and thanks to someone’s incompetence I got falsely accused of being on drugs. Some one mixed up a sample apparently. They brought a social worker into my room and repeatedly asked me if I was on drugs despite the fact that I kept answering no. They said things like “tell us now and we can help you, but if you keep lying it will be worse.” They talked about sending me home at 48 hours but keeping my baby for a week. Without me. They said they would call CPS. They terrified me and treated me like a criminal. They said there was no way the test could be falsely positive. I had to insist on a retest.
Let me clarify that I had been up for 26 hours when they came in my room and did this. I’d gone through 17 hours of labor and then trying to learn to breastfeed my infant. After that I spent the next 12 hours holding my baby and crying all day. I couldn’t sleep despite the fact that I’d been up so long. I was terrified. That was my baby’s first 24 hours on this planet.
About 9pm that night after an awful day a nurse I didn’t even know poked her head in the door and says “your drug test came back negative.” Then she left. That was all I got.
Around 11pm it had been 42 hours since I’d slept thanks to the terror they put me through. I was hysterical and saying that now that they knew I wasn’t on drugs they couldn’t stop me from leaving with her. My husband talked me down and called the nurse in and asked her to watch the baby so I could sleep. The nurse had the baby for 3 hours.
No one apologized to me. No one explained how the mix up happened or if they were even investigating the mishap. I had to call the complaint department to get any kind of recognition of the problem.
The next day my wonderful OBGYN Dr. Latif came in and no one had even informed him or consulted with him on the manner. He was shocked to find out they’d accused me of course.
Now it’s been about 2 months and I’m still getting bills in the mail. I thought the laboratory charges seemed high so I called and asked for a more itemized bill to insure that I wasn’t getting charged for all the extra lab tests they ran thanks to their own incompetence. I never received the itemized bill. Also they charged me a “nursery” charge. They don’t even have a nursery. I guess that was for the 3 hours the nurse had my baby. Despite the fact that the only reason I needed some one to watch my baby was because I missed my chance to nap during the day because I was afraid to let go of my child.
My experience of the birth of my first child was completely tainted by this awful hospital. They treated me horribly after that test came back wrong. I understand that test are usually more honest than people but it doesn’t justify the treatment I received.
Even if I was guilty of taking drugs while pregnant (which obviously I was not), I would have deserved to be treated better even then.
You don’t know real fear till someone is talking about taking your child from you. And when you can’t even figure out why and you know you are innocent it’s even worse. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Not even the hospital staff that put me through it.