Natasha Ramirez of Sydney Australia says that she was turned away from a hospital because they didn’t have “enough room.” And besides, the nurse told her, you won’t be in labor “for another 24 to 48 hours.” So she went home. “Five hours later baby Anjelita was born” on her bedroom floor, according to Australia’s Daliy Telegraph.
The 27-year-old new mom claims that she was bleeding and “in labour” (they spell things funny in Australia) when she arrived at Liverpool Hospital. Apparently Ramirez was 4 days past her due date, “needed anti-D injections because of her O-negative blood type” and due to complications with a previous birth, and oh yeah — she was having contractions. But a nurse “assessed” her and told Ramirez to go home. She says that she was not seen by a doctor.
Most important detail — mother and baby are fine. Here are a couple of photos.
Still, she’s pissed. The hospital is investigating.
Obviously this story isn’t about hospitals versus homebirth. But it did remind me of one of the most popular personal essays on Babble, Madeline Holler’s “My Illegal Home Birth.” In it, Madeline describes how she broke the law (“breakin’ the law, breakin’ the law…“) by deciding to have her baby at home. But what if she had gone to the hospital, only to be told “sorry, no room at the inn”? What then?
Weird. Again, mom and baby are fine, and hopefully this story, if true, will spur the hospital to be more careful next time.