Viral Tweet About Employee Forced to Work in Baby Section After Miscarriage Sparks Debate

Twitter user @no_goblins shared a recent experience she had when a cashier honestly told her about her day in a post that has received over 16,000 comments.

"Asked the girl ringing up my clothes about her day and she said she was struggling because she'd just had a miscarriage and they made her work in the baby section," she wrote.

The reply thread soon exploded with responses from people with similar experiences.

"I had a miscarriage and on my first day back from a week of sick leave they made me work Mother's Day," one user responded. "I was sobbing for 8 hours while ringing up lattes because people kept wishing me "Happy Mother's Day if you're a mom!"

Another explained how after she lost her baby at 7 months pregnant she had to cancel a deposition that was scheduled for later that afternoon. The lawyer on the other line said, "it's not my problem you're a human coffin."

"I still have nightmares," she wrote

Another person shared how the emotions of losing a pregnancy can be long-lasting.

"I had a miscarriage years ago but it took me months before I could look at a pregnant woman and not break down. People go through so much with so little support from people who have any power over them."

October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month to help raise awareness of instances in which parents, or expectant parents, lose a child.

Miscarriages happen when an embryo dies in utero before 20 weeks of pregnancy, according to the March of Dimes. In those who are aware they are pregnant, about 10 to 15 percent of in pregnancies end in miscarriage. Though most miscarriages happen in the first trimester, miscarriage in the second trimester happens in 1 percent to 5 percent of pregnancies.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the loss of a pregnancy after 20 weeks is considered a stillbirth.

The Twitter thread was filled with people not only sharing their stories of pregnancy loss, but loss in general and the difficulty in handling grief while having to show up to work.

"Not having the time you need is inhuman," one person wrote. "As a young teacher I had to teach a unit on cancer when my father was dying/died of cancer and it was really difficult to come to work in the first place and even worse that I had to talk about cancer all day."

The post also made its way to Reddit, where people responded with similar sentiments.

"This legitimately made me cry," one person wrote.

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A viral tweet has sparked a conversation about grief and loss—specifically after a miscarriage. According to the March of Dimes, in those who are aware they are pregnant, about 10 percent to 15 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. fizkes/Getty Images