Grand Haven dentist, 34, dies in childbirth

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A Grand Haven dentist died after experiencing a rare complication during childbirth.

Scott Curtis says his 34-year-old wife, Elizabeth, lost consciousness during labor Saturday at North Ottawa Community Hospital when she experienced what appeared to be an amniotic fluid embolism.

There were no prior complications with the pregnancy, which was her second.

MLive.com and the Grand Haven Tribune report Elizabeth Curtis was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, where she died Sunday. An autopsy is underway.

An amniotic fluid embolism happens when amniotic fluid or fetal material enters the mother's bloodstream and causes an allergic-like reaction.

Scott Curtis says the baby, Katherine Elizabeth Curtis, was born healthy at 7 pounds, 6 ounces.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Haven.

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