Labor And Delivery Nurses Fired After Sharing 'Icks' About Maternity Patients On TikTok
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Labor And Delivery Nurses Fired After Sharing 'Icks' About Maternity Patients On TikTok

Oversharing on social media can lead to major consequences.

On TikTok, a group of nurses joined the trend of sharing their “icks” by filming their own labor and delivery edition at Atlanta’s Emory Hospital Midtown.

“When we’ve already told you to push the call light but every five minutes, your family member is coming to the front desk asking for something else,” one nurse shared.

Another nurse chimed in: “‘Excuse me, can I have some water? Excuse me, can I have a blanket?'”

The video went viral but not in their favor as their unprofessional responses to working with maternity patients came as horror to many online.

Since the post, the labor and delivery nurses have been terminated, according to a statement from Emory Healthcare.

“We are aware of a TikTok video that included disrespectful and unprofessional comments about maternity patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown,” the statement read. “We have investigated the situation and taken appropriate actions with the former employees responsible for the video.”

“This video does not represent our commitment to patient-and family-centered care and falls far short of the values and standards we expect every member of our team to hold and demonstrate,” it continued. “At no time should our patients ever feel they are not being treated with care and respect. Every patient at Emory Healthcare deserves to be cared for by a compassionate, experienced team in a comfortable and safe environment.”

The statement came on behalf of the nurses’ wrongdoing, but multiple women have made further claims about the hospital’s malpractice.

“This is crazy bc this is quite literally the same hospital that sent me home with undiagnosed postpartum preeclampsia,” a woman claimed via Twitter. “I was complaining about chest pain & all types of symptoms that signaled something was wrong & they labeled me a hypochondriac until I was admitted into the ER.”

Stories such as the former Emory University Hospital Midtown labor and delivery nurses’ lack of care are alarming, as childbirth can put women in grave danger, especially Black women.

As previously shared by AfroTech in 2020, studies revealed that Black women are 2.5 times more likely to die during childbirth than white women due to racism and prejudice. Black maternal patients are often ignored, neglected, and disrespected, which puts both the lives of their babies and themselves at stake if or when health complications arise.