| 24.07,09. 08:25 AM |
Sydney mum 'forced into birth in a bedroom'
The Daily Telegraph July 24, 2009 12:00AM
A MOTHER has claimed she was forced to give birth on her bedroom floor after being turned away from a Sydney hospital because there were not enough beds.
Natasha Ramirez, 27, was bleeding and in labour when she first arrived at Liverpool Hospital last Thursday but said she was told by a nurse, "We don't have enough room tonight."
"She told me to go back home because I wouldn't be in labour for another 24 to 48 hours," Ms Ramirez said yesterday.
Five hours later baby Anjelita was born on the bedroom floor at the Ramirez home.
The hospital last night refused to comment on the specific allegations.
Ms Ramirez was at her Liverpool unit with her partner Ricardo Hermosilla when she went into labour about 3am.
With her mother Diane Burns in Dubbo, Ms Ramirez decided to call a taxi to take her to the hospital.
When she arrived she was taken to the birthing unit but claimed she was not seen by a doctor, only a nurse.
At four days overdue, Ms Ramirez was concerned that there might be complications similar to those she suffered in her previous birth when she needed anti-D injections because of her O-negative blood type.
"A nurse assessed me and told me to go back home because they were full that night," she said.
"I was told all along during my pregnancy that as soon as I went into labour I needed to be assessed and given the injections straight away.
"When I got back home I had to lie on the floor I was in so much pain."
She called the hospital again and was told by staff to return. Mr Hermosilla called an ambulance but Anjelita was born before it arrived.
"I am angry because something could have happened," she said.
Her mother said she was furious her daughter had been put through such an ordeal.
"When she got home she rang the hospital and told them she was having contractions and then they said they would make arrangements for a bed," Ms Burns said. "It just makes you wonder why they couldn't do that in the first place."
In a statement last night, a hospital spokeswoman said patients' complaints were taken "very seriously".
"Patients who have not yet begun labour, and who are assessed by a doctor and found to have no other clinical needs, are usually sent home to await the full onset of labour," the spokeswoman said.