Hospital Staff Leaves Woman Alone & She Has to Deliver Her Baby Herself

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hospital bedWhen it comes to going into labor, most moms-to-be breathe a sigh of relief upon arriving at the hospital, because they know they're in a safe place where they'll be well taken care of and will have plenty of assistance in giving birth.

And that's probably what one woman in Sydney, Australia assumed, until she was forced to deliver her own baby even though she was in the maternity ward of Blacktown Hospital.

OMG. Did you read that right? She gave birth alone -- in the hospital!

It turns out she went to the hospital after experiencing labor pains, but was told to go home because she was still a ways off from giving birth. She opted to stay instead and was checked into the maternity ward.

The next morning, she gave birth to a baby girl with no nurses or doctors in sight -- and even resorted to taking pain killers from her purse during the course of her labor and delivery.

At one point, other patients tried to assist her -- but that's still not the same thing as having medically trained staff there to help.

Want to know the hospital's excuse for allowing something like this to happen? Budget cuts, which stem from funding cuts to the government health system.

I'm sorry -- but I can't get the idea of this poor woman lying in a hospital bed all alone knowing full well she was going to have to deliver her baby on her own. Can you imagine how terrified she must have been? And aside from her fear and anxiety, can you imagine how pissed off she must have been?

There she was, in the safest possible place in the world to deliver a child, yet no one bothered to come and check on her and help her out. If I were in her shoes, I probably would've screamed my head off until someone showed up -- and I'd definitely be filing some sort of lawsuit.

When I gave birth to my son, I honestly don't remember being alone for more than a few seconds or so. I had an entire team of medical professionals monitoring my every move, and that's the way it should be -- regardless of where in the world you live.

And if this mom ever winds up having another baby, I'd think twice about checking back into Blacktown Hospital if I were her.

Would you be able to handle giving birth alone?

 

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Nycti... Nyctimene

"There she was, in the safest possible place in the world to deliver a child" 

Or perhaps the hospital isn't always the safest place in the world to deliver a child. For low risk women (not saying this woman was, I have no idea her circumstance) a lot of problems such as these (which happen even in pay-for-care places like the US before all the anti-socialized medicine nazis storm in) can be avoided by using a midwife and giving birth at home or in a birth center. Then you have someone absolutely dedicated to your care who stays by your side the entire time. 

Tracys2 Tracys2

I wouldn't like to. With my 1st, they put me in a room before even signing me in, and left for shift change. I felt like I needed to push a little while later. My husband went to get a nurse (he threatened them a bit), who came in and told me "we've got forever, it's your first" and checked and I was fully dilated. Things went crazy- thaat was fun- they had to get the ER doctor till they could find one from my practice! I filled out the intake paperwork after he was born.


With my 3rd, she was induced and it was supposed to take forever. Nope! I did get the nurses in again, but when I felt like I need to push, they told me to wait for the doctor, and I said "No. I don't want to". The OB was there in 4 minutes, but he was too late. Ha! I knew when I was in transition, but would they listen? Silly nurses.


But, totally alone? No.

Wheep... Wheepingchree

I also agree with Nyctimene. A hospital is not the safest place to give birth.

Caera Caera

Doesn't Australia have "universal healthcare" a.k.a. socialized medicine?


Another reason to be wary of Obamacare.

Furry... Furrycreature

This is what we can expect from socialized healthcare. Bum, bum, buuuuuuuum.

MamaH... MamaHasWings

This is what happened to my son and I. I gave birth unassisted while in the hospital. I reported them to the Department of Health and they were found in violation of several codes. I could not sue because a lawyer would not take the case unless something was physically wrong with me... or physically/mentally wrong with my son. This happened in America, with more than 5 nurses 10 feet away, deliberately ignoring me while I gave birth by myself, 4 years ago. I will never give birth in a hospital again... and when Baby #3 comes in June, it will be at home.

lalab... lalaboosh

Lolz, unless you're high risk a hospital is certainly NOT the "safest place possible" to birth. Either way, shame on the staff! Money should never come before safety.

Flori... Floridamom96

Government controlled health care sure worked out well for her, didn't it?

Bloom... Bloomie79

Oh yes and being forced to carry private health insurance ala "Obamacare" has what to do with socialized medicine? Humans make mistakes... Sometimes unforgivable mistakes in groups and as individuals this has very little to do with universal healthcare. 

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