|Originally posted by lilyka
I can only think of how terrified she was. the baby was probably fine but she just freaked when thing started looking similar to what they had when she lost her previous child. I can't imagine laboring totallyalone. Transition puts some weird thoughts into my head.
+Also comsider what when through her mind while she was pregnant. Perhaps she chose a UA because she partly blamed the medical establishment for her last birth or maybe she just couldn't afford anyone. Then she spends nine months or so thinking what will I do if somehting goes wrong. Aalyzing what went wrong last time, guessing each step what it was. The she goes into labor and in no time at all her mind goes streight to "OMG it is happening again!" doesn't matter what reality was. I know when I am in labor every hour seems like an eternity and i have reletively short labors. Imagine what she started to think if it was taking some time. Sopo she freaks because her mind juumps to the worst case scenario and she would rather die before being responsible for her childs death and goes to the back up plan that had been floating in her mind for the last 9 months. It was already there probably and she only needed a reason, real or contrived to convince her it was time. Sorry this is how my mind works (or doesn't) whenI am pregnant and part of the reason we won't be having any more.
Although maybe if more people took a few shots of hard liquer instead of an epidural we would have fewer complications from anestesia
Greaseball, there are no ambulances in rural Mexico. In many cases, at least where I lived for a season, the nearest hospital is 4+ hours away over dirt roads that may or may not be driveable.
I don't think this particular incident is fair to compare to homebirthing. In rural Mexico, homebirthing is the norm. I agree that the publicity makes me cringe, but that seems like typical American (no flames, please) fascination with the morbid and/or extreme.
What really pisses me off is this, from the Seattle P-I article:
"The woman and her son, her ninth child, both survived despite an eight-hour car ride to the nearest hospital and a wait of several hours once she got there, said co-author Dr. Rafael Valle, a Northwestern University obstetrician who learned about the case from a colleague."
A SEVERAL HOUR WAIT?????????? Now THAT is stark raving wrong.