Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:49 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:49:20 GMT
How "tornado tough" is your kids' school? Why don't they have safe rooms and shelters? After what happened in Oklahoma, parents are asking those questions. Eyewitness News found one Indianapolis buildingMore >>
Eyewitness News found one Indianapolis building designed and built to survive some of the most powerful tornadoes. But why aren't schools being built to the same demanding standards?More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:37 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:37:18 GMT
We're getting a closer look Wednesday at what's left of the elementary school that took a direct hit in the Oklahoma tornado. The destruction at Plaza Towers Elementary School is staggering, and whenMore >>
The destruction at Plaza Towers Elementary School is staggering, and when you see the video, it's hard to believe so many students were rescued. It's scene like those that are forcing schools across Indiana to take a much closer look at how they're keeping students safe during tornadoes.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:31:29 GMT
Indianapolis Metro Police are on the scene of a vacant home in the 1500 block of English Ave. near Spruce St. That's on the Indianapolis southeast side. IMPD says they've been working with the FederalMore >>
Indianapolis Metro Police are on the scene of a vacant home in the 1500 block of English Ave. near Spruce St. That's on the Indianapolis southeast side.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:16:50 GMT
An Indianapolis teenager is in big trouble tonight for cyber bullying using her social media account. Several of her classmates say she threatened to beat up classmates, unless they paid her off. TheMore >>
Parents say a 13-year-old IPS student was threatening other students to give her money or get beat up.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:25 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:25:04 GMT
Two U.K. government officials say a brutal attack that left one man dead near a London military barracks appears to have been motivated by radical Islam. Two men apparently attacked another man near aMore >>
British police are investigating whether the murder of a man in London today was linked to terrorism. British media report the man was a soldier and Prime Minister David Cameron said there are "strong indications" it was terror-related. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:13 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:13:13 GMT
Setting off fireworks outside approved times and dates could cost residents a pretty penny in an Indianapolis suburb. The Fishers Town Council passed a fireworks ordinance last month that limits whenMore >>
Setting off fireworks outside approved times and dates could cost residents a pretty penny in an Indianapolis suburb.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:11 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:11:11 GMT
Indiana is pressing ahead with its search for a private company to finance and build a 21-mile section of the Interstate 69 extension that will eventually run from Evansville to Indianapolis. State officialsMore >>
Indiana is pressing ahead with its search for a private company to finance and build a 21-mile section of the Interstate 69 extension that will eventually run from Evansville to Indianapolis.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:01 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:01:31 GMT
After a quiet start to the week, things heat up today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Community Day. And the track has a lot of family-friendly events planned. Community Day is a fan favoriteMore >>
At noon, WTHR's crew took on the Media Pit Stop Challenge.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 3:57 PM EDT2013-05-22 19:57:23 GMT
Administrators and police are stepping up security at Pendleton Heights High School after a bomb threat was received for Thursday, May 23rd, 2013. "While the credibility of the threat has not been determined,More >>
Administrators and police are stepping up security at Pendleton Heights High School after a bomb threat was received for Thursday, May 23rd, 2013.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 3:17 PM EDT2013-05-22 19:17:02 GMT
The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers open up the NBA's Eastern Conference final tonight with Game 1 in Miami. This is a series featuring two contrasting teams. The Heat, the defending league champions,More >>
The Pacers just finished up a rekindled playoff rivalry against the Knicks, and we may be seeing a new one against Miami - starting tonight!More >>
Giving birth at home is a hotly-debated topic that some call natural, while others say it's "risky."
He's only 11 days old, but if he could talk, William Gapinski Coon could already say he's done something his two older siblings haven't. William came into the world in a tub, at home, right in his parent's bedroom.
"We told people we were having a home birth and they looked at us like we were, like we were insane and asked us if we're crazy," said William's father, Brian.
They're not crazy, say Brian and mom Rebecca. They're just part of a growing, but controversial, trend - parents choosing to have their babies at home instead of a hospital.
"They think that it's like the 1800s again and there's just a boiling pot of water, some rags and its not like that anymore," explained Rebecca.
Instead, Rebecca labored in an inflatable tub of water with a certified nurse midwife and her assistant from Home4Birth, a local midwifery practice in business since 2001.
"What most people would be surprised about is not the unusual fringes that we sometimes serve. It's the more common, double-income, working Castleton, Fishers, Carmel, Westfield, the people who you could look at and think they might choose any differently than anybody else," said Brandi Wood the owner of Home4Birth.
Wood, a certified professional midwife, and her team have helped deliver more than 750 babies since they opened.
"Home birth is only for healthy, low-risk, normal women. It isn't for everyone and we would never try and sell it to anyone," said Wood.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, 30,000 women gave birth at home in 2009. That's still less than one percent of all births in the United States that year. Almost 1,100 of those births happened in Indiana.
"In our society, we view birth as an emergency," said certified nurse midwife Sandy Bailey. "As a society, we don't realize how normal birth can be and should be for the majority of women."
Home4Birth recognizes, though, emergencies during labor do come up. Wood and her team carry an emergency kit to every birth. That kit includes equipment to resuscitate a baby who's not breathing, as well as IVs and medicine for a mother who has lost too much blood.
"Yes, can something go wrong. Do we anticipate it? No. Do we do everything in our power to spot it? Absolutely," said Wood.
Home4Birth encourages its clients to have a hospital picked out as a back-up plan.
One group that doesn't seem to be changing its mind on how it looks at home birth is The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. They still believe hospitals and birthing centers linked to hospitals are the safest place for babies to be born.
"They basically showed that home delivery, you know, caused more risk to the baby with an increase in neonatal death by two or three times," said Dr Men-Jean Lee, IU Health's Director of Maternal and Fetal Medicine.
Lee said home birth is highly controversial in the medical community, because of how unpredictable labor and delivery can be.
"The labor is going well and, all of a sudden, part of the baby comes out and the rest of it is not coming out," Lee said of the complications that can arise out of nowhere.
"If it's a 10-minute ride to get to the hospital and the baby's head is stuck, that 10 minutes is going to be a huge difference between life and death," she added.
Lee believes a hospital and its technology provide a safety net you just don't get at home.
"Why not take advantage of it?" Lee said.
Rebecca and Brian say they would have if an emergency had arisen.
"We both would have been glad, glad to take William to the hospital if that's what it meant to have a safe delivery," said Brian.
Thankfully for these parents and little William, a safe delivery turned out to be a delivery right at home.
Monday, May 20 2013 6:20 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:20:47 GMT
A 10-year-old Indianapolis girl had high hopes for Saturday's Lemonade Day, a day when kids get the chance to learn about running a small business. Morgen Morris, who was sponsored by WIBC Radio, scoredMore >>
But just an hour into selling glasses of Peachy-Keen lemonade for 75 cents a glass, an IMS employee put the brakes on Morgen Morris' stand.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 17:02:01 GMT
It's been 24 hours since news broke of a Federal Bureau of Investigation raid at the City-County Building confiscating files from the Indy Land Bank program. The federal investigation also led to the arrestMore >>
Mayor Ballard held a news conference this morning hoping to shine light on several significant construction projects going around the city this season. Instead, all anyone wanted to talk about was the federal investigation into the Land Bank program, what he knew, when and why he didn't say something sooner.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:55 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:55:33 GMT
Tiger Woods says the "fried chicken" comment from Sergio Garcia was hurtful and inappropriate. Two weeks after they verbally sparred at The Players Championship, Woods says it's time to move on. GarciaMore >>
Tiger Woods says the "fried chicken" comment from Sergio Garcia was hurtful and inappropriate. Two weeks after they verbally sparred at The Players Championship, Woods says it's time to move on.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:37 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:37:26 GMT
A South Bend teenager who angered a judge by smirking during his sentencing for killing a 16-year-old boy has received the maximum time behind bars allowed under a plea agreement. St. Joseph SuperiorMore >>
A South Bend teenager who angered a judge by smirking during his sentencing for killing a 16-year-old boy has received the maximum time behind bars allowed under a plea agreement.More >>
The FBI says a man being questioned by authorities in the Boston bombing probe was fatally shot when he initiated a violent confrontation.More >>
A Chechen immigrant was shot to death by authorities early Wednesday after he turned violent while being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, officials said.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:56 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:56:01 GMT
Telemarketers are deploying new tactics to get your secret information - and all they have to do is get you to answer the phone. A call to a home phone this week showed up on the screen as "private name,More >>
Telemarketers are deploying new tactics to get your secret information - and all they have to do is get you to answer the phone.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:52 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:52:29 GMT
We've seen the damage from Oklahoma, hundreds of homes leveled. You have also seen those that survived a direct hit did so in a storm shelter. Storms shelters have not caught on in Indiana like otherMore >>
Storm shelters haven't caught on in Indiana like in some states along Tornado Alley, but more Hoosiers are making the investment to keep their families safe.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:44 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:44:57 GMT
Cody Zeller's decision to leave Indiana University and head to the NBA looks like it may be paying off. Zeller's stock has gone up considerably after his performance last week at the NBA Combine in Chicago.More >>
Cody Zeller's decision to leave Indiana University and head to the NBA looks like it may be paying off.More >>