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I experienced a miscarraige 4 weeks ago, when I was 9 weeks pregnant. Yesterday I received a "Welcome to Enfamil family beginnings" email. I feel that I was duped into signing up for formula mailings with my first preg, so I was going to make it a point not to with this one. But they never asked me to sign up at the OB's office like they did with the first one. So how did they get my name?<br><br>
When I tried to unsubscribe to the thread, I received an error message. So I emailed Enfamil and received this reply:<br><br><i>Thank you for contacting Mead Johnson. I am sorry about your loss.<br>
Your request is very important to us. I will delete your name from our<br>
program as quickly as possible. Because we assemble our mailings<br>
several weeks in advance, it is possible you may receive additional<br>
communications. Please accept our apologies for this inconvenience.<br><br>
I will be happy to have the source of this enrollment investigated.<br>
Because of the complexity of our system, it will probably take several<br>
days before we can obtain specific information. We will send you a<br>
letter explaining the source of this enrollment as soon as this information<br>
can be obtained.</i><br><br>
We'll see if I hear anything. Would the OB's office just re-enroll me automatically since I signed up for it the first time? I hope not. Does anyone know if the formula company pays someone at the doctor's office for each name they give them? I have always had that suspicion.<br><br>
I will wait to see if I hear anything from Enfamil before I take any action, but I am really thinking about contacting the doctor's office about this. Aside from the fact that this practice is promoting formula feeding, these companies send out an enormous amount of junk mail and sell mailing lists to other junk mail purveyors. Also, it was a rude reminder of what I am missing out on right now when I opened that email, 4 weeks after I miscarried.<br><br>
Aaarrgghh! I want to call the OB's office and tear them a new one! But, I think I will wait until I hear back from the formula company and have calmed down some. Maybe I will write them a letter. I am much more articulate in print than verbally.
 

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Wait and see, but frankly, if an ob office did that to me, I'd look into filing a HIPAA violation complaint. They have no business giving out patients' personal information to ANYONE not specified on the forms that we all have to fill out at those offices.
 

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I agree with Meiri. Simply sending in your name and the fact that you were pregnant is a HIPAA violation. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I'd write them a letter, too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I agree with Meiri. Simply sending in your name and the fact that you were pregnant is a HIPAA violation. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I'd write them a letter, too.</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> and I agree.
 

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Wow, you could probably get some money on these ones ladies.<br><br>
The fact that you are on a mailing list due to pregnancy means that they have released protected health information.<br><br>
You could talk to an attorney.<br><br>
Good luck and hopefully you could get this to stop, at least at your doc's office and the HMO.<br><br>
Take care now.
 

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I hadn't even thought about the privacy implications of this. That will give me another angle to harp on when I write a letter. That one should get their attention. Thanks ladies!
 

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I also received many mailings from Enfamil and Nestle after my 2nd and 3rd miscarriages. (Can't remember if it happened after my 4th.) I think I may have been enrolled after registering on a mainstream parenting site. In any event, it is definitely a cruel reminder of what could have been.<br><br>
FYI, Enfamil told me the same thing WRT the mailings and it took much longer than a few weeks before I stopped receiving them. I'd say I was still getting them 6 months later.
 
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