Woman Gives Birth in Strange Place Just Like 'Psychic' Midwife Predicted

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car birthIt's not like she had a crystal ball or anything, but still, when during routine prenatal care your midwife starts giving you tips on what to do should you find yourself giving birth in a car, you have to wonder. Especially if you actually end up doing just that.

That's just what happened to parents Ash and Emma Redpath. Emma told Nelson Mail that when her midwife, Hannah Striker, started talking to her about what to do should she need to give birth in a car, she thought it was ridiculous. "I thought I'm not going to have it in the car. I'm not that unorganized."

Then there she was earlier this month, giving birth to her son, Alex, in the family's station wagon alongside the road.

Emma said her contractions came on hard and fast, so she called the midwife and her mother to come watch their 18-month-old daughter, Chloe. But there was no time to wait, so they headed to the hospital. They never made it.

Ash called the midwife on the way and told her they couldn't go any farther. So he parked under some palm trees on the side of the road, and the midwife came to them, making it "just in the nick of time."

He told the site: "I was stressing because if the midwife had not arrived, I would have had to catch Alex." Fortunately, all was fine, and Alex arrived healthy and hefty at 8 pounds, 11 ounces, with one heck of a birth story to tell. Big sister Chloe was right there in her car seat for it all, but slept right through it.

It's certainly not the first car birth we've ever heard of, but they're still quite rare. And based on my experience and that of the people I know, doctors and midwives don't usually include tips on how to give birth in a car as part of standard prenatal care. Maybe this midwife was just extremely thorough and prepares all of her patients for such circumstances, or maybe she has skills beyond midwifery and should consider opening up a psychic practice on the side. The two certainly could be a pretty powerful combination.

Has a doctor or midwife ever made a "prediction" that came true for you?


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nonmember avatar Sabrina

I'm sure that's advice her midwife gives to every expectant mother that she assists. There's nothing psychic about it. Women give birth in cars frequently enough.

Samantha Johnson

my midwife taught me and my ex husband what to do if i went into labor and couldnt get help...i thought it was normal

4craz... 4crazyKids4567

I dont think it's so much a a psychic thing, as it is just a very good indicator that you chose a good midwife.  Docs dont normally tell you how to prepare for an unexpected delivery, I think for the most part, midwifes cover a lot more personal details.  

jalaz77 jalaz77

I wonder if her first birth was fast like this which would explain why she gave the advise she gave. Really all parents should be prepared for an oops birth. You never know.

Joyou... Joyousray

SO... tips? You'd think some would have been included here. Crazy story! :)

Andre... Andreamom001

My midwives gave us a copy of "Emergency Childbirth," a small reference book with simple instructions on what to do if someone is in labor anywhere (car, store, cave, whatever).  Tips include using new newspaper--inside pages--to catch the baby since it is sterile (only handled by machines)--I thought that was interesting and remembered it.  There were instuctions on how to handle various complications and instructions on how to baptize a child (recommended just in case).

Midwives give more total care than most docs do--they ask about emotions and every aspect of life to make sure mom and babe and dad are all doing well in all aspects.  Preparing a mom for what might happen seems like normal practice to me, not anythign "psychic."

jbell256 jbell256

She sounds like a very thorough midwife to me! Nothing more.

nonmember avatar Apryl S.

With my 3rd baby, I decided to do a birth center with a midwife after 2 previous hospital births. At the first visit, the midwife looked over all my records, asked about the previous pregnancies and births, and then said, "You'll go quick with this one." I thought she was a bit nuts. My first 2 labor and deliveries were 13 hours and 25 hours, it just got longer each time! All through the pregnancy, the midwife kept saying it would be a quick L&D. And what do you know my 3rd made her entrance at 4:22 AM, just 3 hours (and 2 minutes!) after my water broke. My midwife definitely knew what she was talking about all along. :)

Sharon Matthews

I never had a dr or midwife give me a "prediction" that came true, but I told the dr that my second child would be born on Dec 24, not on my due date which was a week earlier, and she was. But no, I'm not psychic, just knew when she was conceived and that a normal pregnancy lasts 280 days.

Shannon Robinson Jacobson

My midwife with my third baby talked about what to do if I had to give birth unattended. She actually had someone give birth in the car the night before one of my appointments, so it was fresh on her mind at the time. As it turned out, I got to the birth center in plenty of time -- only 3 cm dilated. An hour later, I was still 3 cm, so she sent me home to relax and told me to come back later. I took a bath at home, my water broke, and the baby was born a few minutes later on the bedroom floor, caught by my husband. The midwife was on the phone giving instructions.

I think it's the mark of a competent midwife (or doctor) to at least touch on what to do in the event of a precipitous labor.

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