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Families Grieving A Pregnancy Loss Hit Especially Hard By Medical Bills: ‘I Wasn’t Prepared At All’

Sarah Gantz
The Philadelphia Inquirer

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As Sarah Gantz reports, “For families wracked with grief, having to open medical bills, argue with insurance companies over confusing and erroneous charges, and find money to pay for a child who never came home can feel especially cruel. In some cases, losing a child can cost more out of pocket than giving birth to one.”

Philadelphia

Crumpled in a hospital waiting room chair, Alyssa Collier squeezed shut her bloodshot eyes, begging the dark to shut out her thoughts.

Instead, she saw the last nine weeks play out like a movie: The countdown to flipping over the at-home pregnancy test; the way her husband reacted as if he’d won the lottery when she told him the news; how hard they both laughed when their two toddlers pleaded to go pick up their new baby brother or sister at Target, their favorite store where all good things come from.

The second ultrasound, when the doctor couldn’t find a heartbeat.

Miscarriage is common, 10 percent to 25 percent of pregnancies end that way, and in a few days her body would expel the remains of her pregnancy, Collier’s doctor told her.

But after a week and a half, that hadn’t happened. So Collier, then 27, of Doylestown, returned to her doctor for a procedure to clear her womb of the baby it had rejected.

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