Irma Lopez Aurelio went to a medical clinic on October 2 after she was woken up at night by increasingly strong contractions. She and her husband walked to the nearest medical clinic in their town in Mexico, but when Aurelio arrived, despite being fully dilated and her water having broke, she was reportedly turned away. There are conflicting reports as to why, but some say it was because the staff were too short-handed that night; others say there was some sort of language barrier between the laboring mother and employees that prevented her from being admitted; and still others say Aurelio was told it wasn't time yet.
So she went outside and waited.
Oh, and then a kind bystander snapped a photo of her with her newborn still attached to the umbilical cord, and it wound up on a magazine cover.
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Never mind the horror and frustration of the clinic turning this woman who clearly needed to be a top priority away. Can we talk about this photo?
(WARNING: This photo is insensitive, graphic, and might offend you.)
Who, in their right mind, would take a photo like this? This woman just gave birth. Could you imagine being in Irma's position and having a stranger stand two feet away from you, taking your picture while your brand new baby is still attached to the umbilical cord? Even if you were in the confines of a cozy hospital room, this would feel so violating. There's no moment more intimate and private than birth. It's hard to believe that there's a person out there so disconnected that they would do something like this. What this woman needed in this moment was help.
Irma, thankfully, is okay, and employees from the under-staffed, linguistically-challenged clinic helped both her and her baby after she delivered, but still. There's no excuse for what transpired that day.
In other news, this is one bad ass woman.
What do you think of this?
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