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Birth on Lawn Is Mom's Only Choice When Clinic Won't Admit Her

By Michael Mullins   |   Friday, 11 Oct 2013 07:15 AM

A woman gave birth on a lawn outside a medical clinic in Mexico after making an hour-long trek through mountains only to be turned away from the rural health center where she sought help.

The birth was captured by a passerby who snapped a picture of 29-year-old Irma Lopez as she crouched over the lawn and in visible pain pushed out a baby boy. The photo soon found its way to the national media, where it was featured on the front page of the tabloid La Razón.

Once the baby was born, Lopez was admitted to the clinic with her child. The baby was reported to be doing well.

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Lopez said she was by herself while giving birth because her husband was still inside the clinic pleading with nurses to admit his wife.

"I didn't want to deliver like this. It was so ugly and with so much pain," Lopez told local reporters.

Nurses at Cruz's Rural Health Center wouldn't admit Lopez to the clinic because she was not sufficiently dilated and they determined she was just eight months pregnant, Sky News reported.

Lopez and her husband had apparently begged for two hours to be admitted to the clinic before she was forced to give birth on its lawn, the Latin Times reported.

As a result, the clinic's director, Dr. Adrian Cruz, has had his medical license suspended and is currently under investigation by Mexican authorities.

"I am naming him Salvador," Lopez told reporters adding, "He really saved himself." Salvador means savior in English.

A significant percentage of Mexico's population living in rural areas give birth outside of hospital or clinic settings, a fact which some attribute to both poverty and discrimination.

According to Lopez, who has two other children in addition to her newborn, poverty-stricken villagers like herself are often forced to fend for themselves and are forgotten by Mexico's health care system, the Daily Mail reported.

Though Mexico's maternal health care has reportedly improved in recent years, newborn mortality rates remain high when compared to other nations.

The United States has an infant mortality rate of 16 of every 100,000 babies born, but Mexico's infant mortality rate is approximately 50 deaths per 100,000 births, according to the World Health Organization.

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