Lori A. Ferrara, MD

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Dr. Ferarra was wonderful during my prenatal care, even running tests to check on a possible issue my twin sister had. Yes, I had it, too. A rare auto-immune disorder that makes my body kill its own platelets. It almost paralized my twin during labor, and Dr. F. did what she could to help. However, it did not do me much good. My platelets dropped to a dangerous level, risking my life and my baby's. I couldn't have any spinal or epidural due to this disorder. I went into labor, very sporatic contractions, for 12 hours at home. Then they really began at 10pm. I arrived at the hospital 2 hours later, and my water broke as I got into the emergency room doors. She arrived quickly and found that I had only dialated 1 cm. After 3 hours of pain, I asked for painkillers. I got Stadol from the nurses at regular increments, and still only got to 6 cm after 18 hours. I mention nurses because I only saw Dr. F. once every 3 hours or so. She was there, watching my monitor and watching tv with the nursing staff. She kept the meds up, but it backfired. After the 18 hour mark, she says we need to have a c-section. This was after only 1 nurse ever helping me to try to get the baby to drop or get into position. I was basically on my own in that room for that 18 hours. My poor husband! He went out of the room regularly to scold the nurses and dr. for not doing anything to help me, and they said there's nothing they CAN do to help me, just time. By the time the c-section was decided upon, and they were getting me a room ready, my baby's vitals dropped. They made it an emergency c-section, and called in another dr. Dr. Ferarra had very little experience with c-sections, and needed help. I was awake, but didn't like it. I was having the shakes and freezing cold, waiting for the cry of my baby. It never came. I asked questions like, what does he weigh? No answer. No noises from the baby or doctor. After 5 minutes, which feels like years on that table, my son finally let out a wail. The assisting dr. commented about how shrill it was, but I didn't care. I couldn't see him, because he had to go to the detox area for babies. He had had so much stadol in his system that he almost died. He had an apgar of 1, was blue as the sky, and not responding or breathing for the first 5 minutes. My husband asked if there would be brain damage, but the dr. said that babies' brains have a way of rewiring quickly. He'd be fine. From the first time I held him (11 hours later), I knew something was wrong. He wasn't feeding (they'd given him formula and a paci in the nursery), he pushed away (really!!!), and screamed a lot. No nurse in the place could calm him, and he acted like I was mean to try to nurse him. I asked for help from the nurses, and from doctors, for years. He was diagnosed with autism at age 7, but I asked for help and interventions since he was born. Nobody knew what was wrong with him. I missed the chance to sue for malpractice, but I would have sued if I had gotten a diagnosis years earlier. She did not birth my baby, she neglected and damaged him.

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Dr. Ferarra was wonderful during my prenatal care, even running tests to check on a possible issue my twin sister had. Yes, I had it, too. A rare auto-immune disorder that makes my body kill its own platelets. It almost paralized my twin during labor, and Dr. F. did what she could to help. However, it did not do me much good. My platelets dropped to a dangerous level, risking my life and my baby's. I couldn't have any spinal or epidural due to this disorder. I went into labor, very sporatic contractions, for 12 hours at home. Then they really began at 10pm. I arrived at the hospital 2 hours later, and my water broke as I got into the emergency room doors. She arrived quickly and found that I had only dialated 1 cm. After 3 hours of pain, I asked for painkillers. I got Stadol from the nurses at regular increments, and still only got to 6 cm after 18 hours. I mention nurses because I only saw Dr. F. once every 3 hours or so. She was there, watching my monitor and watching tv with the nursing staff. She kept the meds up, but it backfired. After the 18 hour mark, she says we need to have a c-section. This was after only 1 nurse ever helping me to try to get the baby to drop or get into position. I was basically on my own in that room for that 18 hours. My poor husband! He went out of the room regularly to scold the nurses and dr. for not doing anything to help me, and they said there's nothing they CAN do to help me, just time. By the time the c-section was decided upon, and they were getting me a room ready, my baby's vitals dropped. They made it an emergency c-section, and called in another dr. Dr. Ferarra had very little experience with c-sections, and needed help. I was awake, but didn't like it. I was having the shakes and freezing cold, waiting for the cry of my baby. It never came. I asked questions like, what does he weigh? No answer. No noises from the baby or doctor. After 5 minutes, which feels like years on that table, my son finally let out a wail. The assisting dr. commented about how shrill it was, but I didn't care. I couldn't see him, because he had to go to the detox area for babies. He had had so much stadol in his system that he almost died. He had an apgar of 1, was blue as the sky, and not responding or breathing for the first 5 minutes. My husband asked if there would be brain damage, but the dr. said that babies' brains have a way of rewiring quickly. He'd be fine. From the first time I held him (11 hours later), I knew something was wrong. He wasn't feeding (they'd given him formula and a paci in the nursery), he pushed away (really!!!), and screamed a lot. No nurse in the place could calm him, and he acted like I was mean to try to nurse him. I asked for help from the nurses, and from doctors, for years. He was diagnosed with autism at age 7, but I asked for help and interventions since he was born. Nobody knew what was wrong with him. I missed the chance to sue for malpractice, but I would have sued if I had gotten a diagnosis years earlier. She did not birth my baby, she neglected and damaged him.

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