Woman Miscarries in Hospital Bathroom

A woman’s miscarriage in a New South Wales, Australia hospital bathroom is the second case to happen since 2007, according to a report from the Australian Associated Press.

Just before Christmas, Jodie Whiteside, who was 14 weeks pregnant, was at her home in the Hunter region with her husband and two children when she believed her water had broken. She also thought she could see one of the baby’s legs, so she decided to go to Maitland Hospital.

When she arrived at the hospital, Whiteside said she was “in a lot of pain, cowering over the counter” while hospital administration asked for personal details and a triage nurse asked a series of questions.

The nurse then directed Whiteside to a bathroom where she miscarried and disposed of the fetus.

Whiteside’s circumstances are similar to those of Jana Horska, who miscarried in a toilet at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia, in September 2007 after waiting two hours in the emergency room.

The chief executive of Hunter New England Health, Nigel Lyons, has apologized to Whiteside for the standard of her care, saying staff "could have done a lot better in providing emotional support.”An investigation into the incident is now underway, he said.

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