Mom Has Terrifying Home Birth After Being Induced & Sent Home From Hospital

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pregnant bellyMany times we hear about a woman getting an induction at the hospital and we fear stalled labor, which will mean more Pitocin, which could lead to an unwanted c-section. We’d never expect to hear about a mom who ended up home birthing her baby after she was given induction medication while at the hospital and then sent home despite the mother’s pleas saying her baby was ready.

That is exactly what happened to Emabete Tadesse from Edmonton when she went in to Royal Alexandra hospital ready to give birth to her second child. She was induced but then sent home. They returned, only to be sent home again. While I’m glad this story didn’t end in an unnecessary c-section, this family wasn’t ready to home birth their baby, and there was a lot of fear. Plus, it’s clear the doctors were not listening to the mother who knew it was time.

Emabete went home and tried to sleep, but woke her husband, Ephram Bati, up a few hours later. Bati said he tried to get her out of bed but she couldn’t walk because the baby was making his way down the birth canal. As they were standing there, him holding her up, the baby's head started to crown. They were terrified! Not prepared for this at all.

He caught the baby, who was crying and seemed okay, and slowly helped his wife get back into bed. Dad cleaned baby's nose and mouth and called 911. Once the ambulance arrived, the proud, but shaken dad cut the umbilical cord and they returned to the hospital once again, this time with a newborn.

"I am a mechanical worker," Bati told CTV News, 'I don’t know about these things." Thankfully all ended up fine and the hospital apologized to the family. By going public with their story, the family hopes that doctors will listen to their patients more. I think that’s a great message and not just coming from the woman who had an accidental home birth. Doctors need to listen to their patients when they say they don’t want an induction. Doctors need to listen to their patients when they say they don’t want a c-section. Doctors need to have more patience with their patients.

Maybe another message that comes out of this story is we should stop using synthetic drugs so freely to induce pregnant women when it isn’t necessary. We should listen to our bodies, let nature and the baby tell us when it’s time to birth.

What do you think of the doctor's decision to induce and then not listen to the mom when she said it was time?


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nonmember avatar Wow

Love that free health care!

nonmember avatar m.king

Have you watched "sicko" because at least Canadians don't let there people die.
I had a baby in Canada with great care. My second child was born in Holland, my water broke and I was sent home for 72 hours. So we need to stop bashing!

nonmember avatar lisa

I thought women were nt allowed to b sent home afta being induced, coz its medical intervention therefor the mother and baby need monitoring! Ova here in the uk an induced woman cnt leave the hospital!

nonmember avatar m.king

I was told if I didnt go into labour after 72 hours I would be induced. Lucky for me just before the 72 hour mark I went into labour on my own.

mrssu... mrssundin

Don't like doctors don't go to one. Sorry but it is what it is. Doctors are not god nor are they miracle workers. They make mistakes I am sure the lady and her husband could have went to another hospital and got observed there. I know that I have had to do it and had my baby at a totally different hospital then the one I was getting seen at.

Lisa Roberts

you have no clue why this woman was induced. And I'm sorry, a c-section is the last thing I was worried about when reading the story, how about the possibility of the baby or mom dying?! I"m so tired of people being so judgmental! Maybe she was overdue or needed to go into labor. Regardless, they need to really check that practice of sending moms home, regardless if it seems like she's going to go into labor soon or not! You start the process, you stay with it until it's complete. Thank God mom and the baby are ok! This could have been a much worse story.

Buffy... Buffymom9

The hospital bumbling aside, I failed to see what was so terrifying about this mom's home birth.  She didn't plan it but it sounds like it was really not a terrifying experience.

Music... MusicMom823

Where did this happen?  It strikes an odd chord with me.  Every hospital I know in the United States will not send a woman home after she has been administered labor inducing drugs.  In fact, they won't administer the drugs unless they are sure she is ready to deliver.  Then they have the woman on monitors the whole time.  What information am I missing here?

deadl... deadlights86

I almost want to call bull. Where was this? Usa will admit you first then start meds you don't go home after that

big_s... big_sexy_girl

I agree that doctors and patients need better communication.  And I disagree with women being sent home after being induced.  Sounds dangerous if the mom doesn't have anyone experienced to help her.  To those of you who don't believe this happened, I found the story.  Here's the link:

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