Leesburg, FL, USA
Every year thousands upon thousands of women miscarry pregnancies. It's tragic but true, and at the tender age of 15, I was one of those women. For those of you who don't know, the technical medical term for a miscarriage is "spontaneous abortion." Put yourself in the shoes of a young woman in the midst of having a miscarriage. You're losing your baby, you're tired, you're hysterical, you're an emotional wreck, and someone comes along, a nurse, a doctor, an intern, and says to you "I'm sorry, but you're experiencing a spontaneous abortion." What would YOUR reaction be? I know what mine was. "I DID NOT KILL MY BABY!" The doctor explained that no, I didn't intentionally kill my baby, but my body was saying that I wasn't ready for a pregnancy, and I was having a miscarriage, but the medical term is "spontaneous abortion." The nurses, interns and other doctors kept using that same term. It made me more and more angry and more and more upset, and put me in more emotional and physical pain than what I was experiencing in the first place.
What do you think? Would it make it easier for you to handle something like a miscarriage if the technical terms (like spontaneous abortion) were used? Would it be easier if the doctors, nurses and interns considered your emotional state and used simple, layman's words? Is the use of technical terms dispite the patient's emotional state still good bedside manner?