For Rachel Melancon her first pregnancy was a dream.
Her and her fiancé Allen Coats excited awaited the Christmas Day birth of their baby.
As the pregnancy progressed they started to become concerned about the size of the baby.
Rachel is petite – pre-pregnancy weighing just over 40 kilograms and under 150cm tall.
They started to ask their obstetrician about the possibility of a caesarean. The doctor refused.
“Rachel had a normal, healthy pregnancy and the day she went in to see if she could be induced, it was already after Christmas,” her Mother -in-Law told told ABCNews.com.
“The baby was so gigantic inside of her. She asked, ‘Can you please give me a C-section? This baby isn’t coming out of me.'”
Rachel and Alan, from Southeast Texas in the US continued to ask. They say they were repeatedly denied the procedure.
ABCNews.com report that the obstetrician, Dr. George T. Backardjiev, said, ‘No, you don’t want a C-section. You’ll have a scar”Her mother-in-law Angie Coats, who was present at the birth, said, “during her delivery, the baby’s heart rate kept going up. ”
He said, ‘One more hour, one more hour.’ Her water broke, but it was 18 hours until the delivery. [Rachel] was running a 103 fever… Five hours passed, then he came in and she started to push. But she was so worn out and the baby wasn’t even in the birth canal.”
Coats alleges that the baby was face up and the obstetrician tried unsuccessfully to turn her with his hands.
“When he couldn’t do that, he took the small forceps to try to pull the baby out. He kept going and even put his foot up on the bed trying to pull,” she said.
“He was turning and twisting and she would never come out. He put the forceps one way and the other. When he touched the top and side of the skull, we heard a pop, like clay cracking in pottery and heard her skull crush.”
In a post on their Facebook page Rachel Melancon claimed Olivia was then left in the birth canal while the doctor stitched her up before she could have the emergency C-section.
‘I felt her pulled out of me and the room was silent. No crying baby and they told Allen to leave the room. That’s the last I remember before waking up to my baby girl lifeless,’ she wrote.