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[Perspectives] Feigned feeling

Laura was 35 years old and 9 weeks into her first pregnancy. She had come into the hospital after experiencing light bleeding for 24 hours. The ultrasound scan showed no fetal heartbeat. She had miscarried. Weary from a lack of sleep, I steeled myself and went into the room. I introduced myself, sat down, and asked her how she was feeling. I told her the ultrasound findings. I gave her a minute to take in what I had said. Then I told her how common miscarriages are. I paused again. I didn’t want to seem rushed, but I was.