"Hi, this is the lab calling..."

Dressage Mom Archive on August 11, 2008, 19:22

"...and unfortunately I have some bad news for you."

This is how the conversation started. It ended with me making a patient cry.

In the IVF business we sometimes have to give bad news. The nurses and doctors have to give it all the time, in the form of "Your pregnancy test was negative" or "I'm sorry but the baby has no heartbeat." or something shattering like that. Usually the lab just has to give the facts, like "You had 8 out of 10 eggs fertilize." or "Your embryo quality is not perfect, and based on that and your age you might want to consider getting 3 embryos