We (me/wife) are in pain as we ask our question here. My wife was supposed to be 11 week 5 days pregnant yesterday, but there was some symptoms and after rushing to OBGYN yesterday we found that baby was miscarried at 8 weeks 5 days.
Our first ultrasound happened at 8 weeks 4 days, and baby was detected with heart rate of 160. We met the OBGYN again on 10th week, 4 day for regular checkup and the doctor did baby doppler+ blood draw. She told us everything is normal, and after blood work came out she again confirmed that blood reports are good.
However, yesterday i.e 11 week 5 days when we met the doctor after reporting symptoms, the doctor told us that baby was miscarried at 8 week 5 days. My question is - when the baby stopped growing at 8week5days and the doctor was not able to find heartbeat (using baby doppler) at 10week5day visit, why she did not inform us, why she did not send for ultrasound if there was no heartbeat heard from doppler. Is it good/common practice?
That's horrible. I'm so sorry for both of you.
It is hard to say without an expert reviewing the records whether this fell below the normal standard of care or not. While this is upsetting, proving damages may be difficult, so I suspect there is not a viable malpractice case anyway.
As to what are best practices, that is more of a doctor question, as malpractice is only concerned with the ordinary standard of care.
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I too am so sorry for your loss. I suspect that the note from the visit done the day of the Doppler study will report a detectable heartbeat. And that is the likely reason that your care was not escalated and an ultrasound was not performed. But all anyone can do on this forum is speculate based upon limited facts. Gather your medical records and consult local counsel for further clarity.
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