Giving birth should be one of the most wonderful experiences a woman can go through. But for Rachel Melancon it was her worst nightmare come true--especially after the 24-year-old Texan heard a popping sound while the doctor was using forceps to assist in the delivery of her daughter. "We heard a pop, like clay cracking in pottery and heard her skull crush."

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Olivia Marie Coats was born December 28 with multiple skull fractures and was kept alive with the help of a respirator for five days until she was taken off life support and passed away. Now her parents, Melancon and her fiance Allen Coats, have launched a campaign to ban the use of forceps and have plans of suing their obstetrician Dr. George T. Backardjiev, whom they hold responsible for the death of their little baby.

Melancon had a wonderful pregnancy until the end when she felt the baby had gotten too big for her tiny 4-feet-11 frame and asked her OB for a C-section. But he refused saying she'd get a scar and when she had trouble delivering, Backardjiev went for the forceps to try to get the little girl out. That's when her parents heard the popping sound. The worst part is that Melancon still had to undergo an emergency C-section. 

I can't even begin to imagine how these young parents felt. And I'm 100% with them in their fight to ban the use of forceps. Although it's not a popular method of delivery anymore, they are still used once in a while and the reality is that they shouldn't. I mean, I'm no medical expert, but it seems to me like the risks are way too high. 

I pray to God that this couple finds the strength to continue with their fight and that their law banning forceps gets passed.

Image via Facebook/Olivia Marie Coats

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Roxana A. Soto is Features Editor of MamásLatinas. She's a bilingual and bicultural journalist born in Peru and raised in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa and Miami. She's also mom to a girl in 3rd grade and a boy in Kinder. She loves books, languages, traveling and good food – especially when cooked by someone else.

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