Krista and Jami Contreras were married in Vermont in 2012. On October 2014, they welcomed a baby girl into the world named Bay Windsor Contreras.
Last September when the expectant mothers first met Dr. Vesna Roi at Eastlake Pediatrics in Roseville. She was recommended by their midwife.
‘We were really happy with her,’ Krista said. ‘The kind of care she offered, we liked her personality, she seemed pretty friendly. She seemed pretty straight up with us.’
The Contrerasas were told to make an appointment with Roi once Bay arrived. The baby was born at home and when she was six days old – they went in.
But instead of seeing Dr. Roi, another doctor greeted them.
‘The first thing Dr. Karam said was ‘I’ll be your doctor, I’ll be seeing you today because Dr. Roi decided this morning that she prayed on it and she won’t be able to care for Bay,’ Jami said.
‘Dr. Karam told us she didn’t even come to the office that morning because she didn’t want to see us.”’
Bay’s parents were understandably shocked and hurt, “It was embarrassing, it was humiliating and here we are, new parents trying to protect her,” Jami said. “And we know this happens in the world and we’re completely prepared for this to happen other places. But not at our six-day-old’s wellness appointment.”
The couple shared their story on social media and on Feb. 9, four months after being snubbed by the doctor, they received a letter from Dr. Roi, apologized for not meeting them in person. Roi did not apologize for choosing to not treat their child, and wrote,
After much prayer following your prenatal, I felt that I would not be able to develop the personal patient-doctor relationships that I normally do with my patients.
“I should have spoken with you directly that day,” and “please know that I believe that God gives us free choice and I would never judge anyone based on what they do with that free choice.“