A couple from Stockholm, Sask., are questioning the treatment they received at Yorkton Regional Hospital after they were turned away twice shortly before the birth of their now one-month-old child.
Tara Luce and her husband Mitchell arrived at the hospital around 2 p.m. when contractions started, but were told to leave and return later.
The couple then walked around a mall before returning to the hospital at 6 p.m. where they were again sent away.
“They did not offer to admit me at all,” said Tara.
“I was not given an option to stay, or I would have … I don’t know if they had any beds open. The second time around, a nurse came in and I was on my knees having a contraction. I was in pain, so I knew things were progressing.”
Tara then gave birth to their child, Lincoln, with the help of her brother and a 911 operator before being taken to the same hospital by paramedics.
“Four pushes and it was over,” said Tara.
The couple received a $750 bill for the ambulance, which was later waived by the Ministry of Health.
“I would like more to happen. I’m just waiting and seeing what that might be and if a lawyer needs to be involved,” said Tara.
“The health care system has gone down so badly.”
The Saskatchewan Health Authority and Yorkton Regional Health Centre denied any errors in treatment.