Victoria, Geelong, freebirth: Newborn is fighting for life after a ‘freebirth’ in Victoria

A newborn baby is fighting for life after a freebirth southwest of Melbourne.

A woman in her 20s and an infant were taken to University Hospital Geelong earlier this week, with reports suggesting the pair were from Ocean Grove.

“A female in her 20s was transported by road to University Hospital Geelong in a stable condition for observation,” an Ambulance Victoria spokesman said.

“An infant with a medical condition was transported by road to University Hospital Geelong in a critical condition.”

Freebirth is where a baby is delivered without the assistance of medical services and has received widespread criticism from the medical community.

The ABC reported the woman had not registered or had sought out medical services throughout her pregnancy but had visited the hospital on the day of her child’s birth.

The baby was later transported to the Royal Childrens’ Hospital where the baby remains in critical condition.

Freebirth can incur a number of risks detrimental to mother and baby during delivery, including bleeding, high blood pressure and infection, according to the Australian government’s pregnancybirthbaby.org.au.

Those who are considering a freebirth are urged to consider the hidden complications that can go “undetected”.

Babies can suffer from abnormal presentation, premature birth, unhealthy birth weight, umbilical cord complications and fluctuations in heart rate.

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