A pregnant Scots mum who fears she may have lost her baby has hit out after doctors refused to examine her despite suffering multiple miscarriages.
Jodi Gray, who is more than 16 weeks pregnant, began having contractions on Tuesday afternoon and called the maternity unit at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
The 25-year-old was told medics would not be able to see her in person because she was just days short of the 17 week cut off point.
But after she began to experience bleeding, Jodi drove herself to A&E while her anxious husband Ally, 27, waited at their Govan home in Glasgow, with their two young daughters.
Despite being put into a cubicle and dressed in a gown, the mum-of-two was told she would have to go home despite not knowing if her baby had died.
She now fears that if her baby girl has passed away she will be forced to deliver the stillborn at home.
Jodi said: “I know that I’m having a wee girl and I’m almost halfway through my pregnancy so I don’t know why I don’t matter for the difference of four days.
“This will be happening to other women who are going through the same thing who are maybe in a worse way than me. Are they not going to get any help?
“Or worst case scenario, do we end up having a stillborn in our own beds? That’s just horrific.
“It’s now been two days where they could’ve easily told me that I’m going to be okay or I’m not going to be okay instead of living in complete fear about it.
“I was in a gown in the hospital – I don’t know why they couldn’t have examined me there and then. All I needed was for them to check my cervix to see if it was dilated.
“That way I would’ve known if something was going to happen or if it was fully closed and she was going to be alright. It would have taken literally two seconds to do it.
“They said that if anything was going to happen, that examining me wasn’t going to stop that.
“I don’t want them to stop it, I want them to let me know what’s happening so that if I am going to lose my baby, at least I know what’s going on.
“Now I’m sitting here worrying if the baby is going to be okay or not.”
Jodi was initially taken into hospital on Sunday after contracting food poisoning while on holiday with her husband and two children Broghan, two, and River, one.
She began experiencing her labour symptoms two days after being discharged.
After being admitted to hospital again, she faced an anxious wait before being told to go home without an examination.
She said: “With everything that’s going on just now, I had to go to the hospital myself.
“When I got to the door, I explained that I had been there on Sunday with food poisoning and a high temperature.
“They took me in right away and put me in a gown. I asked if I could get a drink of water but they said no in case an emergency happened to do with the baby having to come out.
“They took some blood which came back fine but it wouldn’t have told them if I was going to go into labour anyway.
“They said I was still quite dehydrated so they gave me water before leaving me there.
“I said worst case scenario, because I’m over a certain amount of weeks and if something went wrong, would I have to stay in the hospital myself and they said yes.
“I was then in even more of a panic.”
Medics then told Jodi she would need to go home and call the Early Pregnancy Assessment Service the next day.
She continued: “They said there was nothing they could do for me and that I’d just have to phone the Early Pregnancy Assessment Service in the morning.
“I asked what would happen if I woke up in my bed saturated in blood, should I go back to the hospital but they said no, in their eyes I was in a stable condition.”
After a restless night, Jodi called the maternity unit again on Wednesday as her contractions were continuing but the bleeding had thankfully stopped.
She experienced similar pains with a previous pregnancy and was admitted to hospital as she was over 17 weeks at the time.
She added: “I called maternity back and told them what had been going on.
“They apologised but they said they couldn’t do anything to help me because I was four days short of when they would be able to bring me in and examine me.
“They said I wouldn’t get an early scan either because they only had one sonograph person working and they’re very busy because they don’t have enough staff.
“I don’t need a scan though – I need an examination. A scan can’t tell me if the baby is coming or my uterus is contracting or I’m dilating to actually have a baby or a stillborn.
“I would need to be put on a monitor and physically examined. This is my third child, I’m not stupid.
“She said that because the bleeding has stopped, hopefully the baby is okay but if the blood started running down my legs they would maybe be able to see me.
“She said that if the baby had already passed away, I would be kept at home and then if the bleeding got really bad then maybe someone would see me.
“All for the difference of four days. It’s a disgrace.”
Jodi and her husband have experienced three previous miscarriages in the past and she ended up in hospital with a severe infection after one of them.
Her most recent pregnancy also came with complications after Jodi feared it was ectopic in the early stages.
She said: “We thought it was ectopic to begin with and they had no problem seeing me then and following up with me for about a week after.
“That was for a baby that was under eight weeks which has really baffled me.
“I’m supposed to have a telephone midwife appointment today and my next scan would then be at 20 weeks in October.
“So in other words, I’ve got to hang on for another four weeks until I’m seen.
“Obviously we’re just hoping that she is okay but we just don’t know that for certain and neither do they.”
An NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde spokesperson said: “We recognise this is a distressing situation and have reached out to this woman to offer additional support.
“We take concerns from our patients very seriously and are here to support as much as we can. Our team of midwives are available to speak to pregnant women who may have concerns about their health.”