Long ago when i was in the primary school, my friends and i were used to look at each other's birth certificates as all of us need to bring a copy of it during our first day of school every year to hand it over to our class teacher. We usually talked about which hospital that we were born, what time, our birth date-whether easier to remember or not and etc.
And the normal chit-chat would be-
'I was born in this hosp-very far from where i lived now-'
'I was born in that hosp-we didn't move anywhere since then-' OR
'I was born overseas-but i can't remember anything about being there-sadly'
Urm, nothing special. But suddenly all of them will give their weird look at me when i said:
"I was born at home". Hee.
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All of my siblings except me were born in the hospital. My brother was quite sick at that time when my mom was due to deliver me. He needs ummi very very much and ummi couldn't leave him just like that-and there was where i came in.
So it was an unplanned home birth. A midwife was called to attend the delivery. Ummi said she experienced an obstructed labour-she described it as my head was pulled back into the perineum (i imagined it as 'turtle sign' which classically referring to shoulder dystocia, where the anterior shoulder of the fetus become caught under the symphysis pubis) but my mother was told that it was umbilical cord strangulation that cause the obstruction.
The controversial part of the story was when the panicked midwife called a traditional midwife(bidan kampung) to help with the delivery(you see, this should be an emergency as i was stuck over there-and my mom was in severe pain-why didn't she call the hospital at the first place?). And yes the bidan managed to help me at the end. All praises to Allah for protecting my mom and me.
There was a lot of grey area in this story as I doubted the actual diagnosis and how did I manage to survive without any medical equipment to monitor me and my mother's condition. I wonder what could be my Apgar score at that time. Anyway here I am still surviving the world under Allah's mercy.
My actual point from this story is: anything can go wrong during the delivery. Even if you are at low-risk for complication, it's better to stay at the center where specialist help is there for you.
I would like to share with you below an article written by Prof Madya Dr Rafidah Hanim Mokhtar, from