Woman Pulls Down Her Pants & Gives Birth to Baby on Sidewalk

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Do you ever worry that you aren't going to make it to the hospital in time to have your baby once you start having contractions? Because not getting there quickly enough is something that happens, you know. Sometimes junior decides to make an entrance into the world regardless of whether or not you're all set up and comfortable in the labor and delivery ward at the hospital.

One woman in Minnesota named Elissa Simonson knows this all too well, because she actually gave birth on the sidewalk outside of the hospital -- and she delivered her baby girl herself while her husband was inside trying to get help!

She and her husband tried to make it to the hospital in time, but once they got there, she realized that it was definitely time to push, so she took her pants off right there in front of the building and got down to business. That's when her husband rushed to get help, and when he returned about 30 seconds later, he found her lying there with the baby in her arms. Talk about a fast labor and delivery!

I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like for a baby to come that quickly, because I spent a good 24 hours in labor when I was having my son. I'm not sure which scenario is worse -- having to pull down your pants and push your baby out in public where everyone can see you, or having random doctors and nurses coming into your room every half hour for a full day poking and prodding at you to see if you've dilated any farther. It's a toss up, I guess.

Elissa and her husband will really have an amazing story to tell their little girl when she grows up. And they've also got a great answer to the question, "Where was I born?" -- on the sidewalk, of course!

Do you have a plan in place for making sure you arrive at the hospital in time?


Image via Ollie Crafoord/Flickr

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nonmember avatar Amanda

I was in labor for 23 hours and pushed for 2 hours to deliver my son. My daughter came fast and we barely made it to the hospital. Both times were scary but I felt much less prepared for my daughter - it all happened so fast I thought I was going to have a panic attack when she crowned and the doctor wasn't ready.

nonmember avatar q

gee, I hope the baby doesn't get one of those "creepy" inmate blankets!

Joyce Stafford

I bet the hospital still charges them for the delivery!

Joan Neville Buffa

I love it when the doctor "isn't ready".  You pay him so much money and then you worry.  I was waiting for the clod to show up and the nurses begged me not to push but I had heard if the baby gets stuck in the canal they can smother and I said I'm in a hospital for crying out loud, there has to be someone who can deliver a baby.  He showed up just in time, carrying a BAG OF DONUTS.  Creep.

nonmember avatar Danielle

You just made a really good case for homebirth!

Sweet... Sweet_Britt

Oh my gosh, thats awesome! HAHAHA Go mama! 

Lesli... Lesliemom2mzjm

I live about 6 blocks (small blocks too)  from the hospital.  I could drive there quick in about 30 seconds, or walk there in a couple of minutes.  None of my 4 kids wanted to come out.  I had to be induced after my first was 2 weeks late.  My second was a day late and almost 11 lbs. (actually I think he was about 2 weeks over too).  They induced me with him as well.  With my 3rd, they induced him 6 days early, he was almost 9 lbs.  Even after inducing, labor stalled for a bit and I had to have a 2nd round of pain meds.  With my 4th they had to induce me 7 days early.  She too was almost 9 lbs.  My kids all just wanted to stay in and bake and make me horribly miserable.  I was never in danger of just plopping one out. I have to admit though, it sounds like my labors and deliveries were all a breeze compared to many of you all.  I might have been in labor a bit the night before on my first and my last, but I didn't consider it active labor because I went to sleep and then woke up at around 4 maybe, knowing it was time to go to the hospital.  I would say none of mine took more than 8 hours start to finish. 

Bugsm... Bugsmom0307

I guess I just don't understand how you can't there in time. It sounds to me like someone was trying to convince her it wasn't time yet and that's why she couldn't make it.

Crys Noell Thornton

At the point when it is time to push your baby out, modesty goes out the window. I didn't care who saw me in all of my amazing glory of giving birth and I bet she didn't either. Awesome!!!!

Lesli... Leslie_ABS

It is hard to know. Someone from my birth class went into the first part of labor and 3 hours later her daughter was born. This is after everyone tells you that, it will take a long time. 

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