Lawn birth after clinic rejection
Image of Mexican woman's lawn birth after clinic rejection goes viral.
The shocking image of a woman squatting to give birth in the grass outside the clinic from which she had been turned away has sparked a huge debate in Mexico. In the original image, the baby can be seen on the grass underneath the distressed mother with the umbilical cord still attached, said the Daily News.

What happened:
  • The woman, accompanied by her husband, are both Mazatec and speak very little Spanish, the language spoken by the nurses at the clinic.
  • She begged for two hours for assistance as she was in labour.
  • Nurses at the clinic allegedly told the woman she's only eight months pregnant and that she should come back.
  • She was reportedly fully dilated and only understood the word “no”.
  • As she and her husband left, she gave birth outside on the grass, where her picture was taken by a passer-by. The picture made it onto the cover of a local magazine, La Razón de México.
  • The nurses claimed that staff shortages and the language barrier were to blame.
  • The mother and baby are both fine after follow-up treatment.
A state-wide investigation into clinics in Mexico has resulted, where the states with the biggest rural populations also have the highest maternal death rates. These are also the states with the largest indigenous population, prompting claims that Mexico is deliberately neglectingindigenous people.

What about our rural clinics?

In SA there have been similar investigations into rural clinics and smaller local hospitals as pregnant women in rural areas often don’t have the means to have scans and check-ups during pregnancy. The lack of visits frequently leads to perinatal and maternal health problems, some of which could have been avoidable, according to a government publication.

How many check-ups would you expect to go to during pregnancy?

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