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Dad Delivers Baby When Doc Can't Be Found...In Hospital

childbirth, dad delivers baby, malpractice OB/GYNs, Isabel Delgado, David Hererra

Would you be able to deliver a baby yourself if you had to?

A Texas mom was ready to deliver her baby but was missing one key ingredient you might expect in a hospital…a doctor. Luckily, the mom who was about to give birth to baby number four had a knowledgeable (and very calm) husband to help her.

Dad David Herrera and mom Isabel Delgado knew the baby’s arrival was imminent, so Herrera sent his nephew out into the halls of Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in Westover Hills, Texas, to find the doctor who was missing in action. When no doctor could be located, a nurse who was in the room with the couple reassured the dad that he knew what to do and should do it. Herrera, having watched his wife give birth to their sons three times before says he remembered what the doctors did and tried his best to do the same.

Baby Isabel was delivered by her dad perfectly safe and in good condition (although the couple did forget to record exactly what time she was born). The Huffington Post reports that the family later found out that the one on-call doctor was called into an emergency delivery so couldn’t be in two places at one time. The hospital officially stated:

“We take patient concerns seriously and conduct internal reviews surrounding patient concerns. Labor and Delivery nurses are trained to deliver babies when delivery of the baby is imminent.”

They didn’t state why the nurse in the room encouraged the father to take over rather than help deliver the baby herself. This story left me wondering how many times this happens. And it brought me right back to the day when my first daughter was born. My husband and I were young and we knew little about what childbirth was really like. I was in labor for 18 hours. The doctor who was on call was not the doctor who followed my prenatal care; in fact, we hadn’t even met him until that night.

Periodically, he would come in and check me and then leave. When the contractions got the most intense, I told him that I felt like pushing and he said I wasn’t ready yet but he’d be back. Between this being my first time delivering a baby and believing that what the doctor said was true, I (stupidly) figured he would know more than I did.

“The baby is coming now,” I told my husband and he ran out into the hall to find the doctor. When the doctor came back in, he took one look and told me the baby was coming (no kidding!), and not to push until he could get his gloves on! Our daughter was born just minutes later.

After that experience, I vowed to never again allow a doctor to tell me what was going on with my body when I knew otherwise. The next time I was pregnant, I found a wonderful midwife who not only stayed with me during the entire labor process, but encouraged me and included me all the way in every decision. I have been with her for 15 years now and would never have a doctor again for childbirth. My last two births were amazing experiences.

How available was your doctor during your delivery? Did he/she stay in the room with you the whole time? Did you use a midwife? Do you prefer a midwife to a doctor? Vice versa?

Image: iStock

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