Nothing in my nearly 30 years as a mother equips me to understand this.
Baby is eight weeks old now and doing fine, but it was a traumatic time. Went into spontaneous labor at 42 weeks and continued with homebirth as planned for 12 hours. Plenty of dilatations [sic] and effective contractions but descent was lacking and I was struggling to cope with contractions on top of one another. Waaay different to last time. Anyway, to cut a long story short, hospital transfer, c-section, meconium aspiration syndrome, severe asphyxia, hypoxic ischemic encephalitis [sic], persistent pulmonary hypotension [sic] of the newborn, sepsis and pneumonia. Baby was taken to a a nicu 70 miles away for ventilation and cooling….
Baby suffered meconium aspiration, severe asphyxia, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, persistent pulmonary hypertension, sepsis and pneumonia.
The mother transferred to the hospital NOT because her baby was dying; no one had a clue about that. She transferred for her own comfort. It was a bonus that the baby was rescued from near death.
And it’s not over yet.
…[B]aby Seth will need checks up until the age of 2 because of the possibility of brain damage and cerebral palsy.
But she’s proud. Proud of what? Proud that she risked his life in the first place? Proud that she didn’t kill him? Proud that her narcissism resulted in his brain damage that might be permanent?
She ought to be ashamed, not proud.
I, like most mothers, would do anything to spare my children pain or injury. Who could possibly be proud of causing her child to suffer both?