I work in L&D. We usually take miscarriages/fetal demises 16 wks. and up. After they deliver we try to accomodate their wishes as to where they want to stay...postpartum or med/surg. Some patients don't want to be on a postpartum floor where they can hear babies crying and lots of happy families around. Of course sometimes we can't put them where they want because there are no beds available.
I know some floor nurses say they don't know anything about fundal checks, etc., but I do feel that it's important for them to learn it. If they have any questions we are always happy to run over and help them out. I am sorry that you felt that your L&D unit wasn't very helpful. In L&D I've had to take care of patients with SVT, acute asthma attacks, renal failure, PICC lines with TPN/Lipids, etc. None of the above are within my area of specialization...but we do our best to take care of them when they are here to have their baby. Our med/surg staff has been a wonderful resource to us as well. Please don't misunderstand, I wouldn't expect a med/surg nurse to come and deliver a baby.
And remember, pospartum nurses are running around caring for 6-8 patients at a time as well if they are doing couplet care.
Have a wonderful day.