Woman Delivers Her Own Baby in 5 Minutes & We're So Jealous

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newborn footA 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.

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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femal... femaleMIKE

This is how my birth story will flow as well.  (I can dream)

Good for her.  I have heard stories where women say they didn't feel pain.  I wish I will be one of those women. 

nonmember avatar marshell

My 2nd was born from start to finish in 3 hours. By the time our sitter arrived and we were at the hospital it was just 45 minutes. A large difference from the 21 1/2 hours that was my first labour. I remember being kinda in shock afterwards. I just wasn't prepared for how quick it was and it took my mind awhile to grasp it. It almost was like it didn't happen. When my third was born after 4 hours I was better prepared.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Sounds like my experience marshell, 22 hours the first time and 4 the second. I rocketed from 4cm to birth in no time at all and starting transition to birth was about twenty minutes. It was totally surreal and very hard to believe that it was over.

I think if I did it in five minutes I'd feel cheated somehow. Labor is a big deal, the time between being pregnant and holding your baby on the outside. Jumping from one state to the other would feel so wrong to me. It's a good thing I never had to have a c-section because I think I would have had a hard time dealing with that.

nonmember avatar Christy

I had my fourth child in 8 minutes 19 seconds from arriving @ hospital. My labor wasn't even an hour. I had a small back ache when I woke up, 5 minutes later I realized I was in labor. 20 minutes to drive to hospital & I was in full blown labor all the way. I swear I could have delivered in the truck, I was desperate to pee (aka push lol). I pushed once and there she was, 3+ weeks before due date. With # 5, I'm planning a home birth. :) The hospital wasn't prepared @ all, even though husband called to let them know we were coming, i was told to change in a gown & wait, lol. I about fell over doing that. But finally pushed once & broke my water in my nurses face & the doctor finally came just in time to catch her. I'm not waiting like that again. Just hope the midwives get there in time. One is 30 minutes away, the other 1 & 1/2 hour.

Farmi... FarmingMomma5

I have super short labors, you do feel cheated when your labor is only minutes instead of hours. No pictures taken, no one at the hospital ready for you, having to wait, no room ready, not to mention no pain meds if you wanted. Intense contractions sneak up in minutes instead of hours like you would think. It took me months to accept that cheated out of labor feeling.

lalab... lalaboosh

I hope this doesn't happen to me! I'm birthing at home and I don't have a car, so if I go into labor and deliver that fast when I'm out I will be so upset. I hope I won't be forced to go to the hospital if that happens!

jalaz77 jalaz77

This would suck actually.

nonmember avatar Desiree

Me? I had to be induced at 42 weeks. 8 hours of dilating from 0 to 10, (wasn't that bad) and 2 minutes of pushing (that felt like two hours... whooo that part was painful.) The other two were C Sections. Still not that bad. I was up and walking a few hours later, albeit, painfully.

Racheal Birdsong-Bradley

While I would hate the clean-up, I think it would have been more relaxing to have mine at home rather than a hospital full of hmo dr's and nurses that I had never met before. With my 4th, I knew I was in labor, my water hadn't broke yet; but I felt the pressure and steady contractions. By the time the hospitals dr checked me, my hmo's plan dr checked me, and her 2nd opinion checked me, I had been ready to push 10 hours earlier! The kid was wanting to come out at 37 weeks instead of the normal 40-42, but I knew... had been cramping and feeling pressure for quite a few days. Not an hour before he was born I finally succumbed to their offer of an iv induced pain reliever, because the pain was quite intense, and they kept prolonging the birth. I had vowed not to receive an epidural after my first baby, which I had a botched procedure, I didn't really want to use any drugs with any of my other kiddos. So, if I end up pregnant with another, I hope for a quick labor and hope to not have to deal with hospitals and their business practices!

nonmember avatar Kristyn

Seriously RhondaVeggie? That is very offensive. So because I needed to have a c-section in order to save our lives I somehow didn't experience the feeling of giving life to my child? Most are not choosing this option and would prefer having their children naturally. An immature person mocks others for something they don't understand. I hope you never have to feel the pain I feel over it.

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