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Grand Haven dentist dies suddenly in childbirth

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Dr. Elizabeth Curtis

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Family members say a Grand Haven dentist was laughing and joking during labor just 10 minutes before she suffered a rare, deadly complication.

Dr. Elizabeth Curtis, 34, gave birth to a 7-pound, 6-ounce baby girl Saturday afternoon at North Ottawa Community Hospital. During childbirth, she lost consciousness when amniotic fluid entered her bloodstream, family members told the Grand Haven Tribune.

The baby, Katherine Elizabeth Curtis, was saved with an emergency C-section, but Elizabeth never regained consciousness.
Family members say Baby Kate was placed next to her for skin-to-skin contact before Elizabeth was transported to Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, where she died Sunday morning.

Family members say Elizabeth's body completely broke down after the amniotic fluid entered her bloodstream. In most instances, the baby also dies. Family members are calling Baby Kate a "miracle baby."

Visitation for Elizabeth Curtis is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Friday at VanZantwick Bartels Kammeraad Funeral Home in Grand Haven. Services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, also in Grand Haven.

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