Disrespectful and Unprofessional: Pregnant Woman Accused of ‘Fraud’ If She Missed Work Due to Pain

A nurse at Philly Pregnancy Center’s Norristown clinic was caught on video expressing doubt about the severity of Jillian’s pregnancy-related pain and suggesting it would be “fraud” if she missed work due to the pain.

She Needed a Doctor’s Note

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The video, which gained widespread attention in October, depicted a conflict between a Black, Muslim pregnant woman and a white healthcare provider, sparking outrage. 

The Confrontation That Went Viral

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Rightmyer, 25, had visited the Norristown clinic seeking a doctor’s note to begin maternity leave early due to extreme back pain in her third trimester.

What Were You Thinking?!

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“What were you thinking about when you got pregnant — that you were not going to work?” nurse practitioner Theresa Smigo questioned Rightmyer while they were both in the clinic’s lobby, waiting for the note. 

Defending Herself

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Rightmyer, taken aback by the insensitivity of the remark, swiftly responded, defending her position and highlighting the differences in their circumstances.

Each Woman’s Pregnancy Journey Differs

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“But am I you?” Rightmyer retorted. “Are you me? Do you know how I feel?” Her words served as a reminder that personal experiences and perspectives can differ significantly.

The Nurses Response

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Unfazed by the impact of her words, Smigo callously remarked, “Because I stuck my hand in there and checked your cervix,” accompanied by a chuckle.

She Dismissed Her

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This dismissive response further demonstrated a lack of empathy and professionalism on Smigo’s part.

Outrage From Viewers

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The video sparked criticism from viewers around the world. 

Consider the Impact of Stress on the Baby!

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“I can’t believe she caused a pregnant woman this type of stress she belongs nowhere near any pregnant woman or woman EVER!” one outraged viewer wrote. 

Not All Pregnancies Are the Same!

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“I was in horrible pain and nausea during both my pregnancies till birth. I’m so tired of these people thinking every pregnancy is the same,” another said.

Taking Legal Action

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Faced with such mistreatment, Rightmyer has decided to pursue justice through the legal system.

Will the Center Back the Nurse Now They Face a Lawsuit?

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She has filed a lawsuit against Smigo, the Philly Pregnancy Centers, and other relevant parties involved in the incident.

Holding Them Accountable

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This legal action aims to hold accountable those responsible for the discriminatory treatment and inadequate support Rightmyer endured during her visit to the clinic.

Disrespectful and Unprofessional

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“That nurse was absolutely disrespectful and unprofessional. I’m so sorry this happened to you. The nurse was angry things didn’t go her way,” someone added.

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