“At first I was angry, and I mean rightfully so, because everyone I would talk to after I told them told me I shouldn’t have been told to go home.”
Virginia couple LeeAnn Bienaime and her husband Leo Bienaime went to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth on the evening of Aug. 23 after she had consistent and “intense” contractions, they were following the specific instructions given to them in their pregnancy classes.
“I was certain that we were just going to be admitted … In all of our classes and appointments, they told us that when you’re having contractions five minutes apart for a minute long, for one hour, you should come in to the hospital,” LeeAnn told ABC News. “And we had been timing them.“
They arrived at the hospital but would not be admitted because LeeAnn was only 2 centimeters dilated, instead of 5 centimeters. The couple ended up waiting 2 hours for her to dilate even more so she could be admitted, but instead she was sent home while still having painful contractions. LeeAnn reported thinking “I don’t know what that means because I’m a first-time mom. How do I know if it’s 5 centimeters?“
Not long after the couple returned home, LeeAnn’s water broke and her husband called 911 for help and tried to remember everything he had learned about child birth from their classes. LeeAnn got in the bathtub, nervous and full of anxiety, but the two managed to successfully give birth to their firstborn baby boy in their bathtub at home.
“At first I was angry, and I mean rightfully so, because everyone I would talk to after I told them told me I shouldn’t have been told to go home” LeeAnn told ABC News. She goes on to say, “Had I known to really advocate for myself, I still would have been at the hospital…When you don’t know any better and kind of feel like you’re being a burden to the doctors, you don’t know and you go home.”