Woman gives birth on bench outside hospital 'after being told to take a walk'

Woman gives birth on bench outside hospital 'after being told to take a walk'

A woman had a baby on a bench (Stock image)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A woman has delivered a baby on a bench outside a hospital in India - after reportedly being told to take a walk.

The woman, identified only as Neha, gave birth on Sunday evening (August 20) at around 7pm, despite being told by nurses at the government hospital in Behror that she wouldn't deliver the baby until late at night.

The 24-year-old complained to staff about the severe pain she was in but was reportedly told to take a walk to ease her labour pains.

She then went outside but ended up delivering the baby on a bench, according to The Times of India.

Staff from the hospital and her relatives went outside to help her. After the birth both mother and baby were taken back inside the hospital.

However the incident is said to have exposed negligence at the hospital and the chair of the Rajasthan State Commission for Women has said she will discuss the matter with health minister Kalicharan Saraf.

Suman Sharma added: "The incident is shameful. The hospital authorities have acted carelessly and strict action should be taken against the accused.”

But the head of the government hospital Suresh Yadav has said: "The woman without informing the hospital staff, went outside the hospital building for a walk and for easing herself, even when there is a toilet inside the hospital.

"She should not have gone outside in the lawn in such a condition. We immediately took her inside the hospital. Mother and baby are fine now. We are also investigating if any healthcare staff was involved in any sort of negligence."

Magistrates have inspected the hospital and also recorded a statement by the mother.

Just last month another woman gave birth at the gates of a hospital in Jaipur which led to an auxiliary nurse midwife being suspended.