I'm sure the linens were much nicer, but beyond that, a woman's recent birth experience in a four-star hotel was anything but ideal. She should have been delivering her baby in the hospital across the street, but they didn't think she was ready. They were wrong.
According to The Huffington Post, Michelle Booth started feeling contractions one day last month, so she and her partner, Richard Eades, hopped in a taxi and headed to their London hospital, as planned. Only when she got there, a midwife looked her over and said she wasn't dilated far enough and that she should come back when she was in full labor.
Booth said she felt further along, but they weren't given any other choice than to leave.
She didn't think she could handle the ride home with all the speed bumps along the way though. Instead, they saw the fancy Radisson Edwardian Grafton hotel across the street, and decided to check in there and relax for awhile.
"All the staff were brilliant and upgraded us and we joked about room service, and promising them we won't have a baby," she told the site. Only they broke that promise.
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After a call to the hospital in which she was told "you're still not there, it's very early days," she said she felt an urge to push. She didn't think it could possibly be the baby, but it turns out it was. She told the Telegraph:
I thought 'imagine if I'm giving birth' -- that's the sort of thing you only hear about on TV. Then I put my hands down and felt a baby's head on the wrong side of my body.
Using hypnotbirthing techniques they'd learned in a prenatal class, and a duvet to stifle her screams, their son was born in the bathroom of their hotel suite just a few hours after the hospital turned them away. Dad caught the little guy, who weighed in at a not-so-little 8 pounds, 8 ounces. His name: George Reggie Eades -- Reggie being inspired by the hotel's initials.
Room service came in handy too. After the baby arrived, she said, "I phoned reception and said, 'This is room 239, we've just had a baby, would you kindly send some paramedics.'"
They did, and mom and baby were carried across the street to the hospital. Both are currently doing well, thankfully, but wow. How could the hospital be so wrong? I'm sure there are plenty of first-time mothers who arrive when they're not ready, but just sending away a woman who says she feels like she's ready seems pretty risky. The very least the hospital can do is to pay their hotel bill, right?
Can you imagine giving birth in a hotel?
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