Birth on lawn sounds strange in and of itself, but the tale of a Mexican mother who nearly had to give birth alone in the grass after being spurned by a local medical clinic is more tragic than odd, WebProNews shares this Friday, Oct. 11. The desperate woman was told she wasn’t ready to have her baby, and was forced to give birth with only her husband by her side in the grass outside the health center.
A birth on lawn is certainly not the ideal setting for a mother to give birth to her baby, though when labor begins, women have been known to have children in unusual places. Babies may need to be delivered only moments after the mother goes into labor, leading some children being born the most public of places.
Yet for Irma Lopez, a Mexican woman and mother of three, this is not the same case. She gave birth on the grassy lawn of a local medical clinic in Mexico, having been spurned by the nurses there and turned away. Apparently, Lopez was having labor pains upon arrival to the Rural Health Center in Oaxaca, Mexico, in early October, but was told by a nurse she was not ready.
The nurse forced her to leave, telling her to come back in the morning. Although Lopez was eight months pregnant at the time, she was still fully dilated. Lopez and her husband were said again to come back in the morning, however.
Thus a birth on the lawn was Lopez’s only option at that point, as her water broke while leaving the clinic. She soon went through a painful labor and eventual delivery alone. Witnesses snapped photos of the woman giving birth in the grass, squatting down in pain as her baby is born. The child was still attached to the umbilical cord.
Irma Lopez was fully alone at that time, due to her husband returning to the medical clinic for help.
“I didn’t want to deliver like this. It was so ugly and with so much pain,” Lopez said.
The nurses have said in their defense that the clinic was understaffed at the time, and that a language barrier prevented them from understanding what the pregnant woman was trying to tell them.
How do you respond to the birth on lawn story? The Lopez family asserts this is no excuse.