by Mary Fischer
Uhhhhh, just when I thought I'd most definitely heard it all -- I read about a woman who had aYouTube assisted birth to welcome her baby into the world. Now my mind is officially blown.
Yes, a YouTube assisted birth. I know, I know -- you're confused as hell. Let me explain.
The 31-year-old mother from Washington state was apparently set on having a home birth, but before it was time for her to deliver, hermidwife refused to assist her because her pregnancy was considered high-risk.
You see, she tested positive for methamphetamine and heroin, which is why the midwife knew the baby needed to be born in a hospital. When the woman refused to go, the midwife alerted authorities -- who then learned that she'd taken matters into her own hands as far as giving birth goes.
She wound up delivering the baby at home in her bathtub with the help of a friend -- who learned how to cut the umbilical cord by watching a YouTube video.
And while the baby has since been taken to a hospital and is in stable condition, her mother could now face neglect charges -- something that really shouldn't surprise anyone.
I know this woman tested positive for drugs and all -- but even so, can you believe she allowed a friend with no medical training to cut her baby's umbilical cord? And can you believe she somehow thought watching a YouTube video made her qualified to do so?
Sure, technology is kind of taking over in the day and age we live in. But I don't care how explicit or detailed something appears to be on YouTube -- a video simply can't take the place of doctors, nurses, or other medically trained professionals who are fully qualified to bring a baby into the world safely.
And even if you did read all kinds of books on giving birth in addition to studying videos like crazy, every delivery is different and you can never predict what kind of complications (if any) are going to arise at any moment during the birth.
Again, you have to wonder about this mother's state-of-mind considering the drug thing -- but for the sake of future babies everywhere, let's hope this is the first and last time we ever hear the term "YouTube assisted birth."
Do you think videos can prepare you for a birth at all?
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