Mom's Extreme Home Birth Plan Is Both Crazy & Dangerous

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newborn footUhhhhh, just when I thought I'd most definitely heard it all -- I read about a woman who had a YouTube assisted birth to welcome her baby into the world. Now my mind is officially blown.

Yes, a YouTube assisted birth. I know, I know -- you're confused as hell. Let me explain.

The 31-year-old mother from Washington state was apparently set on having a home birth, but before it was time for her to deliver, her midwife refused to assist her because her pregnancy was considered high-risk.

You see, she tested positive for methamphetamine and heroin, which is why the midwife knew the baby needed to be born in a hospital. When the woman refused to go, the midwife alerted authorities -- who then learned that she'd taken matters into her own hands as far as giving birth goes.

She wound up delivering the baby at home in her bathtub with the help of a friend -- who learned how to cut the umbilical cord by watching a YouTube video.

And while the baby has since been taken to a hospital and is in stable condition, her mother could now face neglect charges -- something that really shouldn't surprise anyone.

I know this woman tested positive for drugs and all -- but even so, can you believe she allowed a friend with no medical training to cut her baby's umbilical cord? And can you believe she somehow thought watching a YouTube video made her qualified to do so?

Sure, technology is kind of taking over in the day and age we live in. But I don't care how explicit or detailed something appears to be on YouTube -- a video simply can't take the place of doctors, nurses, or other medically trained professionals who are fully qualified to bring a baby into the world safely.

And even if you did read all kinds of books on giving birth in addition to studying videos like crazy, every delivery is different and you can never predict what kind of complications (if any) are going to arise at any moment during the birth. 

Again, you have to wonder about this mother's state-of-mind considering the drug thing -- but for the sake of future babies everywhere, let's hope this is the first and last time we ever hear the term "YouTube assisted birth."

Do you think videos can prepare you for a birth at all?


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miche... micheledo

Um. Seriously??? Yeah, cutting the cord is REALLY difficult. I mean, you are talking major surgery here. It takes training.

The issue is the mom tested positive for drugs. I see no other issue. I have many friends that have had babies at home with no one assisting them.

Movie... Moviebuff

It wont be other crazy women will jump on that band wagon.

Turtl... Turtledoves

I don't think the shocker of the article should be homebirthing and watching a youtube video. The shocker should be that this mother was a druggie even while pregnant. There's really no reason to bash homebirthing even more, I think the majority of media does that already and 99% of homebirthers are very educated and are doing it responsibly - they're not druggies with a reason to hide. As far as the youtube part goes...well, it seems like the tone would be very different if a husband was looking up the youtube video to learn how to cut the cord if his wife gave birth on the side of the road on the way to the hospital. Then it would be celebrating technology. I just dislike the blanket negativity of the title saying "Extreme home birth plan is dangerous and crazy" because the author knows that this society looks down on homebirthers (which I am not one) so people are more likely to read.

MamaD... MamaDV1012

I don't think the youtube training is the issue here.  The issue is that Mom was on drugs and the baby could have had horrible complications due to that.  I wouldn't have a home birth since my first had fetal distress that was only detected because I was in the hospital and they made the call for an emergency c-section that saved her life and prevented me from having complications.  My second was also born in a hospital as a normal VBAC.  I wouldn't have done that at home either.  I trust doctors for important things like life/death. 

Cleme... Clemency3

her friend should face charges as well. 

nonmember avatar lisa

dads cut the cords all the time! of course the midwives clamp it and theu have propa sissors but the dads often cut it!!!

lulou lulou

I wouldnt so much call this a homebirth plan, its more of an avoiding procsecution plan.

TerryandSarah Pomeroy

Thats terrible, just a few months ago our goat gave birth and BIT through the umbilical cord to cut her kid free...and our dog ATE both the umbilical cord and placentas attached to her pups after giving birth...and would you imagine all those cruel and negligent parents over the last several thousand years who cut the cord even without the help of youtube...barbaric!!!! *note sarcasm!*

nonmember avatar blh

The baby should be taken away form her regardless of where she gave birth since she was doing drugs.

monke... monkeymom1104

There is more to the umbilical cord then most people think, the Health Care Provider takes great care in clamping it, and examining it BEFORE its cut by the father or whomever cuts it. There is a MAJOR issue in 1/300 cords FYI

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