New York mother details how she was refused a C-sectionby Richard Bailey 14/03/2018 16:13:00 0 comments 1 Views
- Liza Walter-Larregui, 35, from Staten Island, New York has written about her birthing story for Hello Giggles
- She was initially told by her obstetrician that she shouldn't give birth naturally as her birthing canal was too narrow
- However, when she went into labor the day before her scheduled C-section, a different doctor told her she should try to give birth naturally
- Despite her baby being in distress, Liza was refused an emergency C-section and her son was born via vacuum
- She now believes his autism is a direct result of his traumatic birth
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Published: 08:59 EDT, 14 March 2018 | Updated: 16:13 EDT, 14 March 2018
A mother has detailed her terrifying birth experience, after she was refused a C-section by doctors, despite previously being told she was not be able to give birth naturally.
Liza Walter-Larregui, 35, from Staten Island, New York, was initially told by her obstetrician that her birthing canal was too narrow for a natural birth and she would therefore need a cesarean section.
Writing about her birthing experience for Hello Giggles, she revealed that she was 'fine with that', adding: 'Not because it's the easy way out (there is no "easy way out" when it comes to giving birth), but because I wanted to do what the doctor considered best for my son and his heath.'
Traumatic: Liza Walter-Larregui, 35, from Staten Island, New York has revealed how doctors refused her an emergency C-section even though she was told she shouldn't deliver naturally
However, the night before her scheduled C-section, Liza started to feel stomach pains and when she went to the bathroom, realized she was bleeding.
Arriving at the hospital a short time after, she was told she was three to four centimeters dilated and was given medication to stop her contractions, even though she was four days past her due date and in labor.
'They just didn't have time or space for me,' she noted.
However, when a doctor 'reluctantly' admitted Liza, she was given an epidural and told her to try for a vaginal delivery, even though she had been previously advised this wasn't the safest way for her to give birth.
'I was confused, uncomfortable, and scared. The doctor who was supposed to do my C-section was nowhere to be found, so his partner was going to be the one to deliver this baby,' she explained.
After her water broke a couple of hours later, Liza said she felt something was wrong and was told her baby had swallowed meconium (a baby's first poop) and that swallowing it could block his airways.
However, as she was 10 centimeters dilated, she was brought to an operating theater and despite being in immense pain, was told that she would need to start pushing.
Liza's baby was eventually delivered via vacuum, something she was only told 10 days later. She also learned that when he was born, her son had a fever of 104 degrees and was therefore taken straight to the NICU.
The new mother also had a fever of 104 after the ordeal and wasn't allowed to see her newborn for 24 hours.
Early: Liza went into labor the night before her scheduled C-section and when she was admitted into hospital was told she had to deliver due to complications
Her son is now nearly seven-years-old and has autism, and Liza believes his traumatic delivery and the way he was 'subsequently treated' in hospital is to blame.
'According to Safe Birth Project and medical researchers, severe cases of meconium aspiration syndrome can deprive the baby's brain of oxygen for long enough to cause brain damage and developmental disabilities,' she wrote.
And while she also stated that she 'wouldn't change a single thing' about her son, she still cannot comprehend why doctors dehumanize pregnant women and treat them like 'packages at an Amazon factory'.
'Each pregnancy and birth is different, and each doctor should have the compassion and knowledge to treat each one as needed. I feel lucky that my son is with me, because I know there are other moms whose experiences were so much worse,' she added.
'We, as mothers, need to be advocates for ourselves and our babies. Because when it comes right down do it, many doctors just see us as another chart in the filing cabinet.'