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
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
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?!
“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.
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
“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
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
This dismissive response further demonstrated a lack of empathy and professionalism on Smigo’s part.
Outrage From Viewers
The video sparked criticism from viewers around the world.
Consider the Impact of Stress on the Baby!
“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!
“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
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?
She has filed a lawsuit against Smigo, the Philly Pregnancy Centers, and other relevant parties involved in the incident.
Holding Them Accountable
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
“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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