A woman went into labor and gave birth to a baby girl in front of the Bárbara Heliodora Maternity Hospital, in Rio Branco, Brazil, this Tuesday.
A video circulating on social media shows the baby on the sidewalk crying as the woman stands to the side. A male passer-by witnessed the incident and said he asked the hospital for help but was refused.
The man, who preferred not to be identified, said that the woman lives on the streets, and that she even tried to go into the maternity ward herself but was turned away. She then went down the stairs of the hospital, next to a parked car and that is where the baby was born.
“The woman had a baby at the door of the maternity hospital. I went there, called the guys at the reception and nobody wanted to help. I believe she is homeless, I have not seen her with anyone. A woman came, she ran, took a towel from the bag and took the baby and I took the wheelchair and took her. I got up there and they didn’t want to see her because she needed a guardian due to mental issues, but I just left her there. She has to be attended to, she is a human being,”Stated the Good Samaritan, who helped the woman, who also chose to remain anonymous
The general manager of Maternity, Laura Pontes, reported that the baby is doing well and is being monitored by a pediatrician. The mother, on the other hand, must be accompanied by a psychiatrist.
“When the patient was admitted to the maternity ward, she was already welcomed, the baby is doing well, healthy and the pediatrician is already following up. Regarding the mother, we are requesting psychiatric follow-up, she has a disorganized speech, does not accept that she was pregnant and does not want to see the baby. So, we had to be careful to ask for a psychiatrist”said the manager
The woman is receiving social and psychological care.
“She doesn’t know where she lives, she says she has no family. We are having this difficulty finding family members so we can continue. We have already contacted the Guardianship Council and the Public Prosecutor’s Office to provide the necessary care for the mother and baby.”
Regarding the information from popular people that maternity employees would have denied care for the woman, the manager said that everything is being investigated.