I'm not sure how many different ways I can say it, or how much data people need to see, in order to understand that hospitals are extremely unsafe places to give birth. The US has one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates IN THE WORLD and these scissor-happy, knife-wielding, white-coat rapists have nothing better to do than slice open female genitals FOR ABSOLUTELY NO REASON AND WITH ABSOLUTELY ZERO BENEFIT!!!! Let's stop calling this a "routine procedure" and start naming it what it really is -- i.e., SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND MUTILATION!!!
Please protect yourself and your family. Avoid hospitals like the plague and give birth at home.
Young dad’s tragedy: Wife dies from flesh-eating infection days after giving birth
"A young father is faced with raising his newborn daughter alone after a rare bacterial infection killed his wife just days after she gave birth.
Matt and Heather Nichols of Bangor, Maine, had returned home after the Aug. 1 birth of their first child, Ruby Ann. But their celebration was cut short when Heather began showing signs of infection from an episiotomy, a routine procedure in which surgeons cut the vaginal opening during childbirth to facilitate delivery.
The 29-year-old new mom returned to Eastern Maine Medical Center expecting medicine for her swelling and pain, the Bangor Daily News reported. Instead, her condition quickly worsened.
Doctors determined Heather had contracted necrotizing faciitis, sometimes called flesh-eating bacteria for the way it destroys skin, muscle and other body tissue. While it sometimes infects people with weakened immune systems, it also can result from cuts and scrapes, including surgical wounds.
The devastating condition results from the same group of bacteria that cause more benign illnesses such as strep throat, but it is much more serious. Infections usually spread rapidly, and one in four infected people will die.
Heather underwent an operation to remove the infected tissue, but doctors were unable to stop its progress. She died Aug. 8, just a week after her daughter was born.
“They said [Heather] fought it a lot stronger than most people do,” Matt, 29, told the Bangor Daily News. “It was the same thing with the pregnancy, there were doctors there ... who said that she was one of the toughest people they’ve ever seen at giving birth.”
Heather had been diligently preparing for her baby's arrival, Matt said, organizing clothes and getting the house ready. The infection was something they never expected.
“This one just came completely out of left field,” Matt said. “Everybody I knew had never even heard of it.”
The two education majors met when Matt was working at a Portland day care center and became an item soon after. They had been married for two years.
The hospital will investigate the circumstances of Heather's death, James Raczec, chief medical officer at EMMC, told local Fox affiliate WFVX.
"Anytime a patient dies unexpectedly at EMMC it's a heartbreaking event," Raczec said.
Friends of the couple set up a fundraising site to help cover the costs of Heather's funeral and Ruby's care. So far the effort has raised more than $13,000.
The site praises the couple as "warm, kind-hearted people" and remembers Heather as a "wonderful, beautiful person who leaves behind a huge group of friends and loved ones."
Any additional funds will go towards Ruby's education, Matt said.
He also wants to raise awareness about necrotizing faciitis in hopes of helping others.
“In reality, it could happen to anyone, but it’s best to know ways to prevent it, as much as you can," he told the Bangor Daily News. "I’m sure there are people trying to figure out how to prevent it and how to stop it, but it needs to be brought a little more to the forefront.""