Mom Gives Birth on Her Bathroom Floor After Hospital Sends Her Home (VIDEO)

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Stephanie and Josh Ihnen

Most women would probably agree that the safest place you can possibly be after going into labor is at the hospital, right? I mean, once you feel contractions coming on, it's generally a huge source of relief to make it to the hospital in time so you have the security of having plenty of doctors and nurses around.

And that's exactly how Stephanie Ihnen felt when she started having contractions at 38 weeks and headed to the hospital to have her baby. But when she got there, they decided she wasn't quite dilated enough, so the doctors sent her home. But it turns out they were wrong, and at 2:00 a.m. the next morning, Stephanie gave birth to her baby boy on her bathroom floor. Actually, her husband Josh wound up delivering him. (What the heck?!)

Are you believing this story? She gave birth on her own bathroom floor, all because the hospital made a mistake and sent her on her merry way -- while she was having contractions!

And while Josh was definitely a brave soul in taking charge of the situation and delivering his own child, he must've been pretty scared -- especially since he wasn't even sure if he was going to stay in the delivery room at the hospital to watch his son's birth. (I guess when you don't have a choice, you step up to the plate.)

Luckily Josh and Stephanie's new baby boy, Cameron, is doing fine now. But when he first came out, the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and he wasn't breathing. I can't even imagine how scary that must have been for the couple, especially since they tried to go to the hospital and were abruptly sent home. One thing's for sure, that hospital is pretty darn lucky that little Cameron is ok; otherwise, they'd have some serious explaining to do.

You can hear more about their story in this video clip -- they're definitely two very brave individuals!

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What would you do if the hospital tried to send you home after having contractions? Would you insist on staying?


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nonmember avatar MJ

As a labor and delivery nurse, I can say with confidence that contractions don't always mean active labor. Many women can have contractions and be in early labor for days before actually delivering. This is why whenever someone comes in with contractions we monitor them for 2 hours to see if labor is progressing. If their cervix has not changed in 2 hours, we have to send them home with instructions on when to come back to the hospital. Unfortunately, we don't have enough rooms or staff to take care of women who are not in active labor.

nonmember avatar Stacey

My hospital was thinking of sending me home with my first baby when I was 4cm dilated and regular contractions about 3-4 minutes apart unless I progressed in an hour. Luckily my OB told them I could stay even when I hadn't. I was not happy with that kind of pressure! I'm glad this mom and baby are ok. Very scary!

nonmember avatar Lilac

This story is lacking. Was she at the hospital at 8am? 12 noon? 5pm? midnight? and they sent her home then 2am the next morning she was dilated enough? I mean its highly possible she wasn't dilated enough when she was at the hospital the first time. Anything from 4 to almost 24 hours could have passed between being at the hospital, getting sent home and the next morning at 2am.

Megankae Megankae

You do know you can refuse to leave, right?

I did, they told me I was a finger tip dilated after having contractions for 2 days and having contractions 2 minutes apart. They told me that I should go home. I told them I wasn't leaving. And I didn't. Haha

Seriously, you can just say no. They may give you drugs to push the labor along though, I decided that's what I wanted after 2 days of horrible contractions I just wanted it over.

nonmember avatar rose

They did that to me too with my youngest child. I had been in labor all day and I was at the hospital from 7pm till 10pm. Then they sent me home. At three Am I came back and demanded I stay. Good thing too because my son made his appearance that afternoon!

Maevelyn Maevelyn

She's not the only women who's been sent home from the hospital bc she was still in early labor. the thing is you're supposed to keep monitoring your contractions and go back. 

nonmember avatar jessica

I was bleeding and in severe pain and the hospital sent me home saying i was constipated n it was probably anal bleeding. i went home and my placcenta abrubted n as i lay bleeding to death my husband called the hospital n they wanted to send an ambulance. i told him there was no time so he swooped me up n drove me to the e.r. where my baby n i almost died. Once they heard her heartbeat an emergency c section was done. i was cut from my belly button to my vagina and then cut right to my thigh. i llost three quarters blood and had to hv 3 units of blood put in me immediately. SOME PPL R JUST LAZY N CHOOSE NOT TO LISTEN. However i believe in karma n know the same GOd who saved my life will show them their mistakes. Especially to the nurse that was pregnant with twins who told me even if i was in labor they didnt have a bed for me anyways.

Fondue Fondue


Yeah, some people are just too lazy to spell out words.

nonmember avatar Mrs. Clause

I went into labor Christmas morning at 2am. I was checked at the hospital at 5am, but was only 1/2 centimeter dilated. I labored the rest of the day at home until around 7pm when my contractions were 2 mins apart. My midwife said I didn't sound like I was there yet, but I insisted on coming in. I was rechecked and was still 1/2 centimeter and they wanted to send me home. My midwife said it was in my head since having a panic attack in the past. I refused to leave, they gave me a local narcotic to help me relax and an hour later I was fully dilated! No time for the epidural... My midwife was in complete shock that things had changed so quickly! Listen to your intuition, I would have had the baby at home or in the car had I left.

DayDa... DayDaysmom19

Women have homebirths all the time. What's the big deal? I say, she's lucky to have been sent home :)

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