A mother who attempted to deliver her own child at her remote California home has been slammed after the baby died during labour.
She says she had been attempting ‘free birthing’, which means delivering her own child with no medical assistance for days.
Lisa later told The Daily Beast via email the contractions had become so severe she could “hardly breathe”.
“Been in labour for days,” the 29-year-old posted on the ‘The Free Birth Society’ Facebook page that day. “Thought I was in transition at 11.30pm but now it’s 3am and it’s intensely painful… like I just wanted to lie down and for the pain to stop for just a second.”
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Three days after this post, Lisa reported her waters had finally broken, although her stomach was aching and she wasn’t able to urinate.
It’s then she abandoned her ‘free birthing plan’ and decided to seek medical attention, presenting at an emergency ward.
Lisa says she was told the baby no longer had a heartbeat. The next thing she remembers is pushing, but after three hours and little progress the situation became more serious.
“When I woke up I was covered in blood and so was everyone else,” she tells the publication. “And it was so quiet in there.”
Lisa later informed the Facebook group her baby had been stillborn.
“Journey Moon was born a sleeping angel on October 7 at 8lbs 13oz (4kg),” she wrote.
“She passed due to a massive urinary tract infection I had… I’m laying in the hospital writing this and get to go home tomorrow. We will be having Journey cremated.”
Defending her choice
Since sharing the sad news online, Lisa has been slammed for her decision to attempt a free birth. Now, instead of being given time to mourn the loss of her child, Lisa says she’s having to defend herself instead.
“What should have been a time of grieving and mourning alone with my family was now a time of defending myself from evil people and their horrible words,” Lisa tells The Daily Beast.
“I could spend hours defending myself and family, but I feel like these are people who will never admit to being wrong. They will always fight you even dirtier than before.”
In an email, she wrote that despite Journey Moon’s death, she still believes it is a woman’s right to choose the best birthing option for her and that she isn’t turning her back on the movement.
“My body is fully capable of birth. I was created to birth,” she writes. “I can and will birth again. I will conceive again and birth again and the outcome will be different. I believe that.”
We recently shared a video of a home waterbirth without a midwife or doctor present that sparked major concerns for doctors. Read more here.
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