There are countless horrifying details pouring in about the lives of the three women rescued this week after being held captive in a house of horrors in Ohio for 10 years. Among the most heartbreaking, however, are those regarding the birth story of Amanda Berry's daughter Jocelyn.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the girl -- who is now 6 -- was born in a small inflatable swimming pool while her mother was in captivity. There were no doctors present, just her fellow captives, one of whom was reportedly forced to deliver the baby herself.
CNN reports that when Berry went into labor accused kidnapper Ariel Castor grabbed Michelle Knight (who was also being held captive) and told her to deliver the baby. We can only imagine how terrified both girls were, with no medical knowledge or prior birth experience.
A source told the police that when the baby was born she stopped breathing, and everyone panicked. Castro reportedly said, "If that baby dies, I'm going to kill you."
As we know, she did not die; she survived, and instead entered into the world as captive herself for the next six years. It's one of the most horrifying birth scenes imaginable. I think of all of the fears of most first-time mothers, then add to that the unthinkable circumstances she was under, and it's just unbearable. Yet I have to also wonder if that miracle of new life -- no matter how it came about -- somehow gave the women hope, something to focus on rather than their fate. I hope so ... somehow.
Adding even more heartbreak to the story, there are reports that there were "multiple" pregnancies among the three women that ended in miscarriage. It's unknown if other babies were born alive, and police are still looking for bodies of other children.
Can you imagine giving birth under these circumstances?
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