Photos of an American woman’s homebirthing experience are going viral after she live tweeted the whole experience. With pictures.
Using the hashtag #ruthshomebirth, Ruth Irorio shared regular updates during the birth of her son, including information about the length of her contractions, photos of herself lying in a bath and confronting images of pushing her baby out. (You can view the images here.)
Irorio says she decided to document her home birth to show her “unique experience, whether attractive or not and just to be honest about it.”
But as obstetrician gynecologist Dr Amy Tuteur points out, Irorio left out some parts of the home birth experience – like the part where her placenta failed to detach she was taken to hospital, where she ended up having a blood transfusion.
In doing so, Tuteur argues that Irorio ‘sanitised’ her home birth and made it appear much safer than it actually was.
Ruth Fowler Iorio‘s 15 minutes of fame are winding down in classic homebirth narcissist fashion, with Ruth wailing about those mean people at Facebook who won’t host her exhibitionism:
But before she’s replaced by a new homebirth narcissist, I have some questions for her:
Ruth, why did you sanitize the photos are that are supposed to show the “messy reality” of homebirth?
Where is the photo of the postpartum hemorrhage with the blood pouring from between your legs?
Where is the photo of you deathly pale and slipping in and out of consciousness as you head toward hemorrhagic shock?
Where is the photo of your husband’s face, horrified and frightened, as it dawns on him that you may bleed to death and leave him as a widower with a new baby?
Where is the photo of the EMTs hustling you out the door, racing against time to save your life?
Where is the photo of you in the emergency room, with doctors and nurses struggling to start large bore IVs before you bleed to death?