Megan Martinez said she used to make fun of people who had their babies on the side of the road, as she didn't understand how that could possibly happen. Then recently it happened to her.
According to ABC 13, Martinez's water broke early last Friday morning, and her contractions started coming rapidly. Her husband, Chad Martinez, packed her and their 21-month-old daughter, Ava, into the backseat and headed to the hospital, which was about 25 minutes away from their home.
As they were driving, she saw a foot hanging out. "I'm like Chad, there are toes," she told the station. OMG! Can you even imagine?!
Fortunately Chad is an Illinois State Trooper and had some medical training, because it wasn't an easy birth to say the least. First of all the baby was breech (thus the toes), but then after she was born -- about three minutes after they pulled the car to the side of the road -- they saw that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby's neck twice.
He told the station: "At that point, immediately training just kicked in. I had to improvise by removing the mucous from the airway, and I actually had to do that by mouth."
Wow. And I also just can't imagine what their little daughter was thinking as she witnessed the whole thing. She must have been terrified.
Fortunately everything turned out fine. An ambulance arrived and took mom and little Maci Martinez to the hospital. Both are doing well and will certainly have one heck of a birth story to tell for years to come. Oh, and now Megan says she totally gets how having a baby on the side of the road can happen.
Can you imagine giving birth like this?
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