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BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2016-217572
  • CASE REPORT

Consequences of delivery at home in a woman without prenatal care

  1. Sandeep Krishnan
  1. Department of Anesthesiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sandeep Krishnan, sakrishna{at}med.wayne.edu
  • Accepted 26 January 2017
  • Published 9 February 2017

Summary

This is a case report of a 39-year-old multigravida woman without allopathic prenatal care who, after three previous caesarean sections, attempted to deliver her fourth child at home with the help of a direct entry midwife. During labour, fetal movement and fetal heart tones became undetectable, at which time the patient was referred by the midwife to the hospital. The patient was diagnosed with uterine rupture, bladder rupture and fetal demise; she was rushed to emergency surgery. The patient's lack of allopathic prenatal care, attempt of vaginal birth after three previous caesarean sections, coupled with her desire for delivery at home, led to her complicated course. The patient related that she was never made aware that attempting a home birth after three prior caesarean sections put her at increased risk for complications, and she was also unaware that midwives could have varying levels of training.

Footnotes

  • Contributors SK was involved in the conception and design of the work, as well as the critical revisions of the work. NK was involved in the conception and design of the work, as well as the initial drafting of the work. LG was involved in the conception and design of the work, as well as the initial drafting of the work. TE was involved in the conception and design of the work, as well as the critical revisions of the work. All authors contributed to this global health case report and approved of the final version to be published.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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