The birth was the most beautiful, intense experience; too bad the baby died

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It’s very early in the year, and I’ve already heard about two homebirth deaths. The latest was revealed on Reddit:

… active labor was the most beautiful intense experience – the baby had perfect heart fetal tones until crowning where hft dropped to 70 -born unresponsive with heart rate of 90 -3 tears, 8 stitches, 1 of them 2nd degree -child died at hospital

It wasn’t a beautiful experience for the baby, who was dying for minutes or perhaps hours before birth. The baby apparently succumbed to that strange homebirth epidemic that never occurs in the hospital: the baby with “perfect heart tones” who unexpectedly falls nearly dead into the clueless midwife’s hands.

I wrote about similar cases on:
December 27, 2013
September 13, 2013
June 21, 2013
April 29, 2013
March 22, 2013
March 7, 2013
September 28, 2012
August 29, 2012
July 9, 2012
May 10, 2012
December 26, 2011
September 21, 2011
August 31, 2011
July 28, 2011
May 20, 2011
March 24, 2011
February 24, 2011

That’s 17 times in the past 3 years alone that a baby unexpectedly dropped into a homebirth midwife’s hands either dead or nearly so. I have never seen this happen in a hospital. I have never even heard of this happening in a hospital.

What is the mother in the latest homebirth horror story upset about in the wake of her baby’s death?

I was also transported to hospital where I receive two unnecessary pelvic exams

The mother had appeared on Reddit several months before to wail about the “culture of pain” surrounding childbirth:

FTM here looking to have a med free home birth, utilizing visualization, deep breathing and meditation techniques.

I understand this experience is going to be intense, I understand that I have no concept of this experience because I have never gone through it. However, I do not understand why people want to push how much pain I’m going to be in. I’m doing my best I be polite. Explain while intensity will be involved prior events in my life have shown me the amount if pain I feel does seem to be connected to my state of mind. Fear–> anxiety–> tension–> pain DO seem to be correlated. Relaxing ones mind has helped “deal” with things.


This may be my only time I experience this. It’s a thing so intense I could die ( not that I plan to) , and I will be a gateway for a tiny human to enter into the physical plane after having grown inside me from a seed, I’m totally looking forward to this!

As she had hoped, she found labor to be a beautiful, intense experience. Too bad the baby died so she could have that experience.