The birth of your child is supposed to be an exciting day, but for one couple it turned out to be one of the most traumatic days of their life.
Caroline Malatesta was brought to the hospital to deliver her fourth child in 2012, but the mother's experience was one that no one should have to go through. Malatesta chose to go to the Brookwood Baptist Medical Center after seeing that it had an area dedicated to natural births. It claimed it was filled with everything needed to make a natural delivery go smoothly, and that gave her some comfort.
"Brookwood's advertising is what first piqued my interest in natural birth," Malatesta said. "It added a layer of legitimacy. Natural birth wasn't just a trend; these were real medical decisions."
She was assured that her birth would go smoothly, but as soon as she arrived in the birthing suite everything took a turn for the worst.
"When I walked into my birthing room, the nurse told me to go to the bathroom right away, because I wouldn't be able to get out of the bed for maybe for the rest of labor," Malatesta explained. "I told her that my doctor said I'd have wireless monitoring and that I would be able to be mobile, but the nurse said my doctor wasn't on call. From that point on, it became a back-and-forth of "But my doctor said I could" and "But you don't get to." The nurse treated me like a disobedient child!"
She wasn't being given the treatment that was advertised. "I was resisting, but at the same time, I was trying to accommodate because you're vulnerable, you're in labor," she said. "I do get into the bed, I do put on a gown (even though the hospital advertised you could wear your own clothes), I do get on my back, even though it was very painful."
The nurse who was assigned to her care didn't care that Malatesta was confused. "I kept asking, "Why? Why?" but the nurse wasn't answering me. She ignored me, acting almost annoyed with me."
After several moments of arguing, everything got a lot more complicated and dramatic. "Then, suddenly, I felt a big contraction coming on and I jumped onto my hands and knees, and told them that I couldn't be on my back," Malatesta remembered. "My water broke and the baby's head started crowning."