A woman whose baby died after six days of labour during a painful ‘free birth’ was attacked online by cruel trolls for choosing not to have any medical assistance.
Some of the comments questioned why she wouldn’t want to go to hospital, others placed the blame of her stillborn on the grieving mother herself.
She was even sent a meme of herself with the words ‘baby killer’, she said in an interview with The Daily Beast.
The woman, known as Lisa, who said she was attacked online after giving birth (Picture: freebirthsociety/Instagram)The woman – speaking under the name Lisa – told the website that on the day she came home from hospital she received 30 messages from people ‘saying she should die’.
‘What should have been a time of grieving and mourning alone with my family was now a time of defending myself from evil people and their horrible words,’ Lisa told The Daily Beast.
‘Racist’ white woman hands herself in for harassing black sistersA free birth is one without medical assistance and can differ from person to person but may involve choosing not to have scans or see any doctors in the lead up to the birth.
It then involves giving birth at home without the assistance of a midwife.
When Lisa gave birth to her baby, Journey Moon, she was at her remote desert home in California with only her husband beside her.
According to the Daily Beast, she also had the help of thousands of people online as part of the Free Birth Society.
The group – set up in Los Angeles – is an online community for women who insist on having their babies outside of hospital, with no medical intervention.
Throughout her terrifying six day labour, Lisa would post on the group’s Facebook page about the pain she was in and her fears for her baby.
She was reportedly told to ‘trust the process’.
Free Birth Society founder Emilee Saldaya has made the society a private members-only group in an attempt to get rid of trolls (Picture: freebirthsociety/Instagram)Lisa, 29, had irregular contractions starting on October 2. At one point they were so severe, she ‘could hardly breathe’.
‘Been in labour for days,’ she posted in the Facebook group. ‘Thought I was in transition at 11.30pm but now it’s 3am and it’s intensely painful, like I just want to lie down and for the pain to stop for just a second.’
Girl, 4, ‘gang-raped by nurse and four others’ in intensive care unitThree days after her post, Lisa’s waters finally broke but she was unable to urinate and decided to seek medical attention.
She was immediately admitted to the emergency ward where she was told her baby no longer had a heartbeat.
She had to push, but after three hours, there was no progress.
‘When I woke up I was covered in blood and so was everyone else,’ she said. ‘And it was so quiet in there.’
On October 8 she posted one final message, saying: ‘Journey Moon was born a sleeping angel on Oct. 7 at 8 lbs 13 oz.
‘She passed due to a massive urinary tract infection I had…
‘I’m laying in the hospital writing this and get to go home tomorrow. We will be having Journey cremated.’
Medical agencies have called on the NHS to record women who choose to have free births (Picture: Getty)In the days following the Free Birth Society decided to close, with its founder Emilee Saldaya posting a lengthy statement on its Facebook page.
‘I have received hundreds of death threats,’ she wrote. ‘Posts and private messages calling for my murder, my jailing, and for my family to be harmed, have come streaming in, and other administrators of Free Birth Society have also been targeted.
Parents hospitalised after traces of meth found in Halloween sweets‘We have seen comments by individuals attempting to find out where I lived and several unsubstantiated blog articles have gone viral, full of lies, misinformation, slander and defamation.
‘In light of all of this, we at Free Birth Society are advancing our plan to move off Facebook, to a safe and private membership platform.’
Earlier this year, medical associations said data on how many women choose to give birth without medical assistance should be collected.
The NHS in London records how many women choose ‘free birth’ via a form parents can complete at its child health hubs.
But the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish governments do not record free births.
According to the records it does have, NHS England said up to 200 women in London give birth without a GP or midwife every year.
Freedom of information requests to Wales’ health boards revealed at least 463 women in Wales gave birth without a medic present over the past five years, but it is not clear how many of those made a decision to reject medical help.
The Royal College of Midwives in February voiced concerns about free birthing, saying it would ‘strongly discourage’ it due to the ‘potential risks for both mother and baby’.
But the Association for Improvements in Maternity Services said: ‘Trusts need to understand free births are legal.
‘A free birth is an active and positive choice.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted the Free Birth Society for comment, its Facebook statement is below in full.
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