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If giving birth was a race, then Heather Thorpe would have certainly won. According to Medical Daily, when the 23-year-old went to bed at 11 p.m. recently, she felt fine. She was pregnant -- 10 days from her due date -- but her water hadn't broken, and she hadn't felt any contractions.
Then all of a sudden around 3:55 a.m., she felt a strong one. She said she felt an "overwhelming need to push," and so she did.
And that was it.
Her parents were reportedly in the next room, and when they heard screams, they ran to help. By that time, their grandson had been born. The whole labor and delivery took about five minutes.
While her parents insisted on calling an ambulance and having them taken to the hospital, both mother and baby were fine. The baby, who was named Jonathon (but nicknamed "Spitfire" because of the rapid delivery), weighed in at 5 pounds, 7 ounces and is doing great.
The new mom told The Daily Mail she didn't want to call her parents for help because she wanted to keep herself calm, even though she couldn't even get out of bed to turn out a light. "I gave birth alone in the dark. The natural instinct is you have to do what you have to do. He's my little munchkin."
What an amazing birth story. Can you imagine if every birth was that easy? It would certainly make the prospect of pregnancy much less intimidating. Of course, five minutes isn't much time, and it's a good thing she was comfortable in her bed at home. If women had that little of notice, we can only imagine all of the random places babies would be born.
That aside, however, I think five-minute labors would fabulous. It would be incredible if we didn't have to deal with hours of pushing, excruciating pain, cervixes that aren't fully dilated, and all of the other parts of lengthy labor. Some women wear their long labors like badges of honor, and they deserve to do so, but it's an honor I think most people would gladly trade for an express delivery like this if they could.
How long was your delivery? Would you want one this short?
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