A common fear that many expectant moms have is going into labor and not making it to the hospital in time to deliver their baby. Still, most assume that if nothing else, the paramedics will show up in time to assist in the birth.
Well, things didn't quite work out that way for one first-time mom from the U.K. Thirty-five-year-old Louise Brookes-Tee delivered her own baby, and it only took her five minutes.
Louise was at home alone when it happened and says she had no labor at all. She explains, "There was literally no labor. My waters broke and the next moment I felt my baby’s head."
At that point, she called her husband, who told her to call her mom instead. (I should probably mention that her mom is a nurse, so it's not like he was blowing her off or anything like that.)
But in the few minutes it took for her to move from the bathroom to the bedroom and make the phone call -- her baby had already made his speedy entrance into the world.
By the time her mom realized what was going on and rushed over to her house, Louise had delivered baby Joshua, and he was "crying and absolutely fine."
Um, wow. I don't know whether to be envious because this woman's labor and delivery was so fast she barely knew it actually happened -- or relieved that I wasn't alone when I gave birth, even though it took a good 24 hours.
Seriously, can you imagine feeling your water break, thinking to yourself, "Oh, my, I'm in labor!" -- only to feel a head coming out the very next second?!?
It must have been really hard for her not to freak out and go into a state of sheer panic, but thankfully, it sounds like she held it together like a real champ.
Then again, it's not like she really had much of a choice, or even ample time to process what was actually going down. Hmm. In that case, maybe delivering your own baby wouldn't be so bad.
How would you react if you had to give birth alone?
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