Monday, 06 February 2012
Caroline Lovell, an Australian home-birth advocate, died during childbirth at her home. She gave birth to her second child, a newborn baby girl who survived the experience. Lovell then unfortunately developed cardiac complications and died after being rushed to the hospital.
Personally I have no beef with home-births as long as a pregnant healthy woman has been given the OK by a doctor beforehand. Hospitals can be so stressful and the experience of being hooked up to a machine for fourteen hours and unable to walk or push on your own without the OB's OK is damned upsetting.
Still, I am horrified by how many women decide to blithely have home- births (sometimes even WITHOUT a midwife!) without so much as a simple ultrasound beforehand. Even more horrifying is how they record their dangerous procedures on Momaroo blogs and how they put their own- and their newborn's- life at risk.... and they sound so proud about doing so. One woman blithely described how she did not know she had been carrying twins until the birth itself when after the first daughter came out, the contractions did not seem to stop for some reason and it was not until the appearance of a tiny ear peaked out of her vagina that she realized there was another baby coming. The second baby went into cardiac arrest, requiring her and her husband to clumsily perform CPR until the neonatal pulse returned. I'll bet good money that had the situation been more controlled in a hospital setting (the birth of twins is always rather risky) the twin would not have been put at risk for brain damage due to oxygen starvation in that way. I pray that no bad effects- such as cerebral palsy or mental deficiency- will show themselves later in that baby's life.
I am greatly saddened by Ms. Lovell's death and I hope that her children and husband will find strength to help them through this difficult time. I also hope her death will serve as a caution for people who proceed with home births without the proper precaution. Please, let's have less "My husband stripped my membranes with an old paper clip as I decided to give birth to our 12-pound son without any medication or professional supervision in our split-level on Interstate-107." Research ALL possibilities and risks before going ahead with a home birth. And please, most of all, visit your OB and get her advice first.
Read the rest of the story here: http://moms.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/01/10291788-home-birth-advocate-dies-in-childbirth