Woman Gives Birth On Lawn After Health Clinic Refuses Treatment

Thu, October 10, 2013 11:49am EDT by 5 Comments
Woman Gives Birth On Lawn
Courtesy of La Razon de Mexico

How awful! A pregnant woman was refused treatment at an Oaxaca, Mexico health clinic on Oct. 2. After she was turned away by nurses, she was forced to deliver the baby herself — outside on the clinic’s lawn. A horrible photo captures the mom’s pain as she suffered through this experience.

Irma Lopez, 29, was turned away from a health clinic by nurses who claimed that she was only 8 months pregnant and not ready to give birth, even though she was reportedly fully dilated. After hours of waiting and demanding help, the woman went outside of the clinic and was forced to give birth outside on the grass. In a disturbing photo captured by a passerby, the woman is crouched on the lawn with her baby, whose umbilical cord was still attached.

Woman Gives Birth On Lawn After Oaxaca Health Clinic Refuses Treatment

Irma and her husband are indigenous Mazatecs and do not speak Spanish — so they did not understand much of what the nurses were telling them beyond no. As her husband pleaded with doctors to help his wife, Irma went outside and delivered the baby on her own.

“I didn’t want to deliver like this. It was so ugly and with so much pain,” Irma said of her experience. The mother delivered her third child, a son named Salvador who was healthy despite the horrible birthing experience. The name means ‘savior,’ and Irma said that “he saved himself,” reported The Daily Mail.

Nurses later blamed the language barrier for miscommunication surrounding the experience. They also said that they did not have enough hospital staff available to treat Irma, reported The Daily Mail.

She was taken in by the clinic only after giving birth, and was reportedly discharged later the same day.

Doctor Suspended Following Treatment Refusal

The clinic’s director, Dr. Adrian Cruz, was suspended from the clinic while officials investigate Irma’s experience.

Irma’s case points to a larger issue within the Oaxaca community. Almost one in five women in the state of Oaxaca gave birth in a place that is not a hospital or a clinic in 2011, according to Mexico’s census.

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Courtney

Posted at 10:19 AM on October 11, 2013  

this isn’t shocking coming from Mexico they’ve always mistreated Indians and migrant workers. it’s like those doctors down there don’t know that it’s pretty common to deliver prematurely in the across the boarder in the US the annual rate of premature births is 16% so for example the last available years birth rate is 2009 which was 4.131,019 births so 660,963 were premature but it’s gone down 4.5% each year since so this years birth rate will be 3,493,445 and 559,000 will be born prematurely with 62.5% of those born early being multiples while the remainder are singletons

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You Must Be Gullible

Posted at 3:06 PM on October 10, 2013  

In a country where it’s damn near impossible to get a legal abortion you’d think they’d at least make it possible to give birth indoors.

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Gina

Posted at 6:52 PM on October 10, 2013  

Mexico now allows abortions and gay marriage. I feel bad for the indian people there who are treated worse than the street dogs.

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bill

Posted at 12:02 PM on October 10, 2013  

pst: a new sort of GrasMower, folks?

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JJ

Posted at 12:01 PM on October 10, 2013  

Just Wow…..

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