A woman is claiming her labor was dismissed as a dose of stomach flu and she was sent home to give birth without medical assistance – and even filmed the entire labor on Facebook Live.
Natosha Kramer, 32, from Middletown, Ohio, went to hospital after what she felt were her contractions starting, but she was diagnosed with a stomach virus instead and discharged.
The mother-of-one claims doctors did an ultrasound on her stomach and even saw the baby in her birth canal but assumed she wasn’t yet ready to give birth.
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Natosha Kramer, 32, from Middletown, Ohio, pictured, gave birth to her now two-months-old daughter Nola (right) at home on Facebook Live after she claimed the hospital sent her away after mistaking her labor with stomach flu
Natosha’s parents, who were visiting at the time the birth took place, were on hand to help, despite not having any medical experience. (Pictured: Nola in her grandmother’s arms moments after the birth)
However, hours later Natosha delivered her daughter Nola, who was 7.21lbs at birth and is now two-months-old, at home that same day without any assistance from a medical professional.
Fortunately, Natosha, who lives alone, was being visited by her parents who helped her with the delivery, although neither of them have any medical experience.
Natosha, who is an artist and photographer, said: ‘I didn’t know I was in labor because they said I had a stomach virus. I didn’t think I was giving birth.
‘Even with her head in my hands between my legs, it didn’t hit me. It’s my first time. I didn’t know.’
Natosha went to the Atrium Medical Center, in Middletown, vomiting and with contractions, at 6am on June 12th. Hours later, little Nola was delivered in the bath at home at 3:30pm.
A still from the Facebook Live video in which a stunned Natosha, pictured, listens in complete disbelief as her father takes instructions from 911 on how to deliver a baby
In the video, Natosha, left, is seen standing in her bathtub. Her mother (right) held the baby while the family tried to figure out a way to cut her umbilical cord
The new mother decided to stream the birth on Facebook Live because she wanted a record of what was happening.
911 advised my dad to find a string for the umbilical cord, so in panic he tried taking his shoelaces off…
Natosha says: ‘I wanted the memory of the birth regardless of in a hospital or my home. My mother caught Nola while I stood there.’
In the video, a stunned Natosha is heard asking ‘what the f***?’ repeatedly just moments after giving birth.
Her father, who was on the phone with 911, helped, telling them his daughter was ‘freaking out’ and asking what the family should do with the umbilical cord.
Natosha explains: ‘911 on the phone advised my dad to find a string for the umbilical cord, so in panic he tried taking his shoe strings off, but luckily the EMTs came at this point.’
The birth went well, but because Natosha didn’t deliver at the hospital she has not been able to receive a birth certificate for Nola and cannot get the Government assistance that she needs.
‘They keep telling me COVID could make it take up to a year, but it’s really not my fault that I gave birth at home,’ she says.
Two months on, Nola, pictured, is a healthy and active baby. Natosha claims the hospital should have realised she was in labor. She streamed the birth on Facebook Live to keep a record of what had happened to her
Natosha, pictured with Nola now, claims she received no support from the hospital after her daughter’s birth and can’t even get a birth certificate because Nola was born outside of hospital
Grandad! Natosha’s father, pictured with Nola, helped his daughter give birth and was on the phone with 911 throughout
A spokesperson for the Atrium Medical Center said that Ohio and Federal privacy laws prohibit them from discussing and disclosing information of patients when contacted about Natosha’s claims of being sent home and not being being able to get a birth certificate.
They also said that as per hospital policy, mothers who give birth outside of the hospital, must obtain a birth certificate through their local health department.
But Natosha claims she hasn’t been helped when she contacts the hospital for information.
She added: ‘When I go to the hospital nobody knows what I’m talking about and they look at me like I’m crazy.’
Though the early weeks of Nola’s life have been a struggle, Natosha said that the adorable baby is doing very well.
‘She’s perfectly healthy,’ she beams. ‘She’s advanced. She’s been teething since two-months-old. She’s crawling and she loves jazz music.’