Mom and newborn turfed from IWK during blizzard
Bartlett family drove baby home from Halifax to Lower Sackville in thick of storm
A mother from Lower Sackville is hoping the IWK Health Centre in Halifax will change its storm protocols after she and her newborn were turfed from the hospital at the height of Wednesday's blizzard.
Sydney Bartlett, the mother of three-day-old Leina, said the spring blizzard was picking up at around 11 a.m. when her room "was being stripped and there was really no talking to be done."
She said the half-hour drive to Lower Sackville never looked so scary.
"They were saying it was going to be the next White Juan. You don't want to know that you're about to be driving home in the next White Juan," said the 18-year-old mother.
"We told them that we didn't have a backup generator or anything. If we lost power we had no way to heat the house. I was signed out so I had to go."
Bartlett said she could barely see out the car window once the drive began.
"When we were on the highway I was definitely scared. You couldn't even see the dividing line between the two lanes. You didn't know what was where. You didn't know if you were about to go into the ditch," she said.
"We couldn't see more than five feet ahead of us."
Then, Bartlett realized she and Leina had to be back at the hospital in a matter of hours.
"The worst part of it was that they asked me to come back today and get blood work for her," Bartlett said Thursday.
"They could have just kept me overnight and let me stay and do blood work there today. They asked me to come back in."
The mother of two said it was a bad move on the part of the IWK Health Centre.
"Even though my doctor signed me out and the IWK really has to discharge me, there should have been some kind of protocol. It was a blizzard outside. They really shouldn't have sent me home," she said.
Bartlett's dad drove his daughter and newest granddaughter home. He said he's flagged the premier's office about the lack of a storm discharge plan.
Officials at the IWK Health Centre have called the family to apologize. They're looking into what happened.
"We have discharge policies, procedures that we would look at and we may look at putting something in there," said Jocelyn Vine, vice-president of patient care at the hospital.