• Thu, Oct 10 - 2:44 pm ET

Mexican Clinic Turns Away Woman For Not Being Dilated Enough, She Gives Birth On Flipping Lawn Outside

maternitysignAmong the fairly standard labor horror stories of epidurals not working and not quite making it to the hospital is the doctor being all “you’re not ready yet.” Twenty-nine-year-old Irma Lopez now has one of the worst stories of this ilk in that after she was turned away, she gave birth on the lawn. Outside the Rural Health Centre that she had JUST been turned away from.

Metro reports that terrifying images of Irma giving birth have been circulating internationally. An uncensored image reportedly was on the front page of La Razon de Mexico newspaper. Irma was refused care by nurses who claimed that she wasn’t dilated enough. And that’s just the cherry on an otherwise craptastic sundae for Irma:

Mrs Lopez and her husband, of indigenous Mazatec ethnicity, were told that she was not far gone enough to be admitted into hospital, despite desperate pleas from the couple.

She said: ‘I didn’t want to deliver like this. It was so ugly and with so much pain.’

The couple had walked for an hour from their one-bedroom hut in the mountaintops, in which they look after another two children.

In response to Irma’s ordeal, the director of said clinic has been suspended and an investigation has been launched. Some assert that her experience is not isolated:

‘The photo is giving visibility to a wider structural problem that occurs within indigenous communities,’ said Mayra Morales, Oaxaca’s representative for the national Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights.

‘Women are not receiving proper care. They are not being offered quality health services, not even a humane treatment.’

Luckily, Irma gave birth to a healthy baby boy who she named Salvador. Oh, and get this, AFTER she gave birth, they let her into the clinic.

(photo: agroffman)

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  • Cee

    Oh good god, knowing my motherland, I hope this had nothing to do with her being indigenous, though I thing I know the answer.

  • Kelby Johnson

    I would have had the baby on the lawn out of pure spite… Tell me I’m not far enough, HAH! I’ll show you!

    But seriously, this is awful. That poor woman and her husband. I’m glad they had a healthy baby =)

  • zeisel

    could you categorize that as malpractice? unbelievable, think if something did happen (physically) where it would be imperative to have assistance with the birth…

  • lpag

    This kind of thing happened to me in NYC. I showed up and was told that it wasn’t time yet and why don’t hubby and I go catch dinner and a movie. We instead strolled around the parking lot, and less than a half hour later, we were racing back in. Baby was born in the elevator on the way up to the maternity ward. Boy was nurse _”dinner and movie” shocked when she saw us. Sometimes, medical professionals think they know better than the patient’s experience…

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  • Sarah

    Destination Maternity is a company that has nothing at all to do with this story. Why use their logo in a way that casts them in such a poor light? Someone probably thought it was a clever image, but it’s not in good taste. Maybe pick another thumbnail?

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  • Shelly Lloyd

    I am wondering who was the person taking the photo of the poor woman? Why didn’t they go for help? Why stand there and snap photos of some poor woman giving birth in on a lawn?

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  • BubbleyToes

    So scary for her! I agree with the comment below me that I would have delivered on the lawn out of spite!!! Crazy. I would NOT want to go into the clinic after I gave birth if I were her, but sadly that was probably one of very few options for her to get medical care after giving birth for her and her son.

  • Renee J

    The I hospital tried to send my mother home when she was in labor with my sister. She knew she had fast labors so she asked them to call her doctor first. He yelled for them to not let her leave the building and my sister was born a half hour later.

  • astra81

    This is truly one of my biggest fears about living where I live, when I am pregnant (Atlanta, the traffic capital of the Southeast.) The ‘baby’ hospital is only 20 min. away from my house, if it’s not during rush hour(s). During ATL’s famous rush hours/half a day, every day, including weekends- it can be up to a 2 hour journey. Couple that with the same ‘you aren’t dilated enough so you must leave’ that most women get when arriving and yep… I’m terrified of giving birth on the side of GA 400, in traffic. My MIL lived here while pregnant with two of her three sons and informs me regularly- when it is time, check into a nearby hotel, do NOT go home or you likely won’t get back in time. I’m not even pregnant and this is always in the back of my mind!

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