Three weeks ago, a mother had a terrible out-of-hospital birthing experience that left her baby with severe brain damage.
Little Brenden Charles survived the ordeal but is currently suffering from Traumatic Birth Syndrome. Paris Bean says her baby was injured during a risky breech delivery at a birthing center, reports the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
The 23-year-old began to deliver her child at Rosemary Birthing Home in Sarasota, Florida, on January 30. She was two weeks past her due date and in active labor when her newly licensed midwife said “everything’s fine” but that her baby is breech.
Brenden never flipped into a headfirst position. Bean says her midwife failed to spot the baby’s body was feet first despite performing a vaginal examination an hour after she checked in.
According to the midwife’s notes, Bean’s water broke, and she felt a foot seven hours after the mom booked into the center for treatment. The mom said:
“She told me to push, and we could have the baby, and everything would be OK.
I just can’t believe this all happened. We were sold on this beautiful experience. I trusted her.”
The woman called 911 during the troubled birth. However, Bean continued delivery at the center while her midwife and the EMS argued over the breech delivery.
Brenden’s father and Bean’s longtime partner, Jason Fisher, who was present during the incident, said:
“The main EMT said, ‘She shouldn’t push. We need to go right now.’ But Jordan said, ‘No, just push.’ The arguing went on for it seems like forever.”
Bean’s mother, Nikki Bean, added:
“So many things were done incorrectly with this birth.”
According to the recorded call obtained by the newspaper, the midwife told the dispatcher:
“I have a mom in labor, everything’s fine, but her baby is breech. We broke her water and found a foot, so we kinda want 911 on … she’ll have a baby by the time they get here, but just to have them here.”
Three minutes later, emergency responders raced to the center and advised Bean to go to the hospital immediately. However, she reportedly waited another 30 minutes before leaving at the advice of her midwife. The paramedic’s record states:
“Decision made to continue delivery at birthing center.”
Bean ended up being transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital after her son’s birth took a drastic turn for the worse. By this time, Brenden’s foot was dangling from his mother’s vagina.
While en route to the hospital, EMS noticed the baby’s umbilical cord had stopped pulsing and that his mother’s placenta was detached — blood and oxygen were no longer being delivered to the baby’s brain.
Once at the hospital, his head was “still lodged behind his mother’s pubic bone,” and Bean was given a third-degree episiotomy.
After Brenden was finally delivered by cutting his mother’s anus to her vagina, he was limp and unresponsive but still alive.
According to the family’s GoFundMe page, he’s getting a little stronger every day, though he still suffers from severe brain damage.
Rosemary Birthing Home did not respond to the Tribune’s request for comment.
Watch Brenden’s birth story below: