A birth on lawn does not even sound like a pleasant ordeal, and it most certainly was a frightening and painful birth for one desperate lady, an indigenous mother of three from Mexico, who was turned away from a health center and gave birth to her baby on the lawn in front of the clinic. The Inquisitr reports this Friday, Oct. 11, that the pregnant woman was denied service at the hospital, saying she was not ready and to come back later.
Yet the lady who gave birth on a lawn knew that her child was coming that day, and with only her husband by her side, went into labor outside the clinic and gave birth to her baby right then and there. Once photos of the birthing went viral, public outrage rose in Mexico, leading the director of the health clinic, Dr. Adrian Cruz, to be suspended from his position.
The 29-year-old woman, a mother of three named Irma Lopez, said to Mexican reporters that she and her husband were not allowed to enter the medical health center by a nurse, despite Lopez knowing she was going into labor. According to the statement, the nurse said she was only eight months pregnant, and had to come back later.
Lopez was wrongfully told to go back outside, as she “wouldn’t be giving birth for days, or even weeks,” continues the report. Only two hours later, the desperate lady’s water broke in the grass outside the health center, and she had to give birth outside as people walked by the lawn and snapped photos of the graphic and painful baby’s birth. Squatting in pain, the vivid photos are both shocking and a stark portrayal of the wrongfulness in this incident on behalf of the medical clinic.
Both health care and racist issues have been brought to the forefront from this case. Because the woman was indigenous, it is believed she may not have received proper treatment or interest by the Mexican hospital staff. Similarly, the health care system in Mexico is also being called out for not doing more to help this at-the-time desperate woman, highlighting the high number of female deaths during childbirth that occur in the country.
Lopez gave a statement following the birth on lawn incident:
“I didn’t want to deliver like this. It was so ugly and with so much pain.”
“The photo is giving visibility to a wider structural problem that occurs within indigenous communities: Women are not receiving proper care. They are not being offered quality health services, not even a humane treatment,” concluded one health official.
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