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    Default Caroline Lovell: Home birth advocate dies delivering own baby daughter at home

    Woman, 36, who campaigned for home births dies having baby daughter at home




    Tragic: Caroline Lovell died delivering her own baby daughter at home

    A passionate advocate of home births has died after her own home labour.
    Campaigner Caroline Lovell, 36, went into cardiac arrest while giving birth to her second daughter, Zahra, at her home.
    She was taken to hospital but died the next day. Her daughter survived.
    The tragedy, in Melbourne on January 23, will re-ignite debate about the safety of home births.
    NHS statistics show that between 2000 and 2008, home births in the UK soared by 54 per cent.
    Mrs Lovell had made arrangements for a private midwife to assist with the delivery, but unknown complications during the birth caused her heart to stop.
    By the time paramedics arrived at her home, she was critically ill.
    The photographer, who leaves behind her husband Nick, her first daughter Lulu, three, and newborn Zahra, had lobbied the Australian government for more state support for women who wanted home births.
    In 2009 she told a health inquiry that midwives who assisted with home births needed proper funding and legal protection, in line with other countries.
    Her written submission warned that ‘lives will be in threat without proper midwifery assistance’ from the state.
    She wrote: ‘On a personal note, I am quite shocked and ashamed that homebirth will no longer be a woman’s free choice in low-risk pregnancies.
    ‘As a homebirthing mother I will have no choice but to have an unassisted birth at home as this is the place I want to birth my children.’

    Mrs Lovell had spoken of her excitement at her impending arrival.
    On October 19, she posted a message on the Facebook site for her massage business that read: ‘Maternity leave officially started this morning… had a beautiful last night at work and will keep you all posted on my burgeoning growth as a mother to be – second time round.’
    The Midwives in Private Practice group said it was the first time they had heard of a mother’s death following a home birth. A spokesman said: ‘It’s very, very rare.’

    HOME BIRTHS: THE FACTS




    In England, about 1 baby in 50 is born at home and women are usually assisted through labour and birth by a professional such as a midwife.
    Many women opt for home births because they prefer a relaxed, familiar environment and would rather avoid a hospital visit.

    The safety of home births is a subject of frequent debate and many experts have called for a ban on the birthing technique.
    They argue women who give birth outside of a clinical setting put themselves and their newborns at risk.

    In many developed countries, home birth declined rapidly over the 20th century, for example in the U.S. home birth declined from 50 per cent in 1938 to fewer than 1 per cent in 1955.
    According to the American Pregnancy Association the risks associated with at-home delivery include fetal distress, cord prolapse, hemorrhage and high blood pressure.
    New data suggests home births have risen by 29 per cent in the U.S. triggered by the 'Hollywood influence', better safety measures and lower costs.





    A senior midwife told the Mail that a severe haemorrhage was the most likely cause of death, but an inquest has yet to be held.
    The Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services in the UK said the tragedy should not put expectant mothers off home births.
    Chairman Beverley Lawrence Beech said: ‘While this is very sad, it is extremely rare – almost unheard of – for women to die during home births.
    ‘Research clearly shows that home births in the UK are no more dangerous than hospital births.
    ‘If anything, it is safer and you are much less likely to have unnecessary medical intervention.’


    In the UK, women are provided with NHS midwives if they opt for a home birth.
    But in Australia, women are discouraged from giving birth at home and expectant mothers must find a private midwife.
    Mrs Lawrence Beech said the ‘medical mafia’ in Australia should reconsider their stance and provide ‘adequate support’ for mothers who choose home birth.
    Beth Wilson, Health Services Commissioner for the Australian state of Victoria, said she had long held concerns about home births when medical back-up might not be immediately available.
    ‘It’s very sad to hear about this and I know the coroner will conduct a full and thorough investigation,’ she said.
    Last night, friends paid tribute to Mrs Lovell.
    One wrote: ‘This world will miss your beauty, your vibrance and your refreshingly honest and truthful way of living. What a beautiful woman. We will miss you.’
    Another said: ‘Caroline was a beautiful being whose naturalness touched so many. She didn’t know she was special, but we did.
    ‘People loved being around her.’

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    She looks like Katherine Heigl.

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    This is the saddest thing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CornFlakegrl View Post
    She looks like Katherine Heigl.
    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    This is the saddest thing!
    Yes, looking like Katherine Heigl is the saddest thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    Yes, looking like Katherine Heigl is the saddest thing.
    I reserve that for Courtney Love look alikes.
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    Me being an ass aside, it is sad to see a woman die in childbirth like it's 1912 when it could most likely be prevented in 2012.

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    Could it have been undiagnosed preclampsia? (Probably not, if she was having regular prenatal appointments.)

    I also wanted to ask about another scenario - my SIL was going to give birth naturally until they determined during (or right before) delivery that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby's neck. So, they did an emergency C section. Could this scenario be safely addressed at home, with only a midwife present?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    I also wanted to ask about another scenario - my SIL was going to give birth naturally until they determined during (or right before) delivery that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby's neck. So, they did an emergency C section. Could this scenario be safely addressed at home, with only a midwife present?
    One of my close friends was in the hospital to give birth when they realized that the cord was wrapped around the baby's neck and would have to perform a c-section. They told her that it wouldn't have been possible to wait or for her to deliver vaginally because the baby was in distress and needed to come out then. They didn't explicitly say "if we hadn't done this, the baby would have died," but it was implied hard enough to scare to bejeebus out of my friend.

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    Yikes, how sad.

    I know there are many people who like the idea of home birthing, but the idea of it scares the hell out of me. I would be too scared to do it. There are so many things that can go wrong or complications that can arise, and if it can't be handled at home and emergency help can't arrive in time, you can end up with a tragedy on your hands. Very, very sad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    One of my close friends was in the hospital to give birth when they realized that the cord was wrapped around the baby's neck and would have to perform a c-section. They told her that it wouldn't have been possible to wait or for her to deliver vaginally because the baby was in distress and needed to come out then. They didn't explicitly say "if we hadn't done this, the baby would have died," but it was implied hard enough to scare to bejeebus out of my friend.
    Another related story - I have a coworker who (about a week before she was going to be induced), said she felt the baby stop moving. She went into the obstetricians and told them. Apparently, they told her to go home and wait. After she went home, she felt incredibly nauseous and her body felt like it went completely cold. She went to the hospital and they found that the umbilical cord had strangled the baby.

    She delivered the baby and they even had an open-casket memorial service. I was there and it was a pretty jarring/poignant thing to see. I don't know if she sued the obstetrician or not, though. I guess it's possible that the baby was already dead by the time she went in.

    Yikes, how sad.

    I know there are many people who like the idea of home birthing, but the idea of it scares the hell out of me. I would be too scared to do it. There are so many things that can go wrong or complications that can arise, and if it can't be handled at home and emergency help can't arrive in time, you can end up with a tragedy on your hands. Very, very sad.
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    The hospital where both of our kids were delivered is a pretty nice place. The deliver rooms are spacious and comfortable. And the facility has an OR, emergency area, and ability to helicopter someone to shock trauma.

    Also, they give you this great discount/coupon for a really cheap all-you-can-eat breakfast in the cafeteria. I ate like a king.

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    I wouln't want to deliver at home. The place (if and when it ever happens) will be a proper hospital with ICU, emergency unit and so on, so that if something bad happens, they can take care of it immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    Me being an ass aside, it is sad to see a woman die in childbirth like it's 1912 when it could most likely be prevented in 2012.
    it's her own damn fault for being a dumbass and shunning the medical advances we've achieved since 1912. she died because of her own stupidity. no pity from me.
    i know people like to get all hippie dippy and sentimental about how much nicer and cozier and shit it is to have the baby at home and stuff, like it's some magical moment. and yeah, the minute you see your kid it probably is a magical moment but the hours before that are painful and require medical assistance just in case anything goes wrong, and to purposefully deprive yourself of that for the sake of a cozier ambiance is fucking retarded, imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    it's her own damn fault for being a dumbass and shunning the medical advances we've achieved since 1912. she died because of her own stupidity. no pity from me.
    this this this.
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    The idea of a home birth seems nice and all but I think it's pretty foolish tbh. It's really not worth the risk. How sad that this women died for that and left two kids without a mum.

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    Home birth is such a sensitive topic in my group of friends and extended family. I know 2people who have successfully done it at home (good for them), but I also know 2 people who were rushed to the ER to have an emergency C-Section. Those who are for it don't necessarily see the risks attached to doing it at home. I delivered both of my kids in the hospital and had great experiences both times.

    I recently watched "The Business of Being Born". Very pro-home birth. Also very disrespectful to those of us who have chosen to go the hospital route.

    Sad that this woman died.

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