People often say that seeing their newborn child is the single most precious moment in their live. There's something hardwired into us that gives us an enormous amount of pleasure when we see our own flesh and blood delivered into this world. But not all births go to plan. Almost everyone has a crazy pregnancy story. If it hasn't happened to them personally, it's happened to someone they know. I doubt there has ever been a pregnancy that went exactly to plan, but most mothers don't have to deal with too much angst and unexpected problems.
There are, however, a fair few mothers who haven't had such... convenient pregnancies. Most women want nothing more than to deliver their child at a hospital, where many professionals are there waiting if anything goes wrong. Of course, to make use of what the hospital has to offer, you first have to actually reach the hospital. And for many women, that just wasn't possible. Sometimes the baby comes way sooner than anyone expected, and women are forced to give birth in less than ideal situations. Sometimes they must go through the stress of not only giving birth, but also delivering their baby in a very odd location.
Obviously, these women didn't have the most ideal pregnancies, but the most important thing is that the baby came out healthy. And some women actually chose home births, which is a growing trend. Try not to cringe and get too worried about your own pregnancies when you read these confessions...
15 "Roughly 3 seconds into our drive, while we were still in the parking lot [...] I looked at my stomach and it wasn’t huge anymore."
The craziest thing about pregnancy is that you never really know when you're going to go into labor. Sure, the doctor can give you a prediction of when you should be expecting, but things have a way of surprising you, especially during pregnancy. This particular girl was all set to drive to the hospital, and figured she had plenty of time to make it. But the baby had other ideas. Midway through the car journey, the woman realized that the baby was coming... right that second...
"We finally made it to our car, and I had to stop and cling to my husband’s shoulders to get through another contraction. Suddenly, there was a gush and something didn’t feel right. I looked in my pants and his freakin’ head was out!! I was like “umm… what’s going on? What is that? That’s his head!!” Somehow, my husband persuaded me to get into the car so we could start driving to the hospital, which was only about 10 minutes away. Roughly 3 seconds into our drive, while we were still in the parking lot, I realized I was no longer feeling contractions and I looked at my stomach and it wasn’t huge anymore. I told him he needed to call 9-1-1, NOW. He coached me through it and got our boy delivered up to his shoulders, which is when the fire department showed up and took over to finish the job."
14 "I had two of my children at home and would not have changed it for the world!! My last child I had in a hospital and I almost died."
Home births are a subject of much controversy these days. More and more women are opting for home births, and it's becoming quite a trend these days. The benefits are of course a familiar setting, and as a result less stress. But there are dangers associated with it is as well, and your home will never have the type of medical technology that a hospital has access to. Regardless, many women have chosen this method. And this particular mother claims that it was a great experience for her, and she would definitely do it again given the chance:
"I had two of my children at home and would not have changed it for the world!! It was the best experience for us all...My son was born 32 years ago at home, and my daughter, 25 years ago, at home. My daughter was breach, turned the day before I went into labor. Water broke, I then had one contraction, and she was being born. I would have never made it to a hospital (8 miles away) nor had time to call for an ambulance. My last child I had in a hospital (not my choice, her dad was too scared to try home birth) and I almost died."
13 "I figured we were in the clear. Noooope. 2 am my water broke in the tent!"
When expectant mothers think about giving birth, they picture themselves doing it in a controlled environment where everything goes according to plan. They definitely want at least a few trained professionals around them, and some plan to do it at a hospital. But what these women don't want is to have their babies in a place where things can potentially go wrong, and no one is there to help. Well that's exactly what happened to one woman, who didn't want to miss on her family's annual camping trip. Well, the worst possible thing happened, and her water broke while she was in a tent!"
"My family goes camping about three hours from where we live every year. I love it, and I didn't want to miss it! I had no early labor signs, I'm a first time mom, hasn't had any contractions, so I figured we were in the clear. Noooope. 2 am my water broke in the tent! I had to deliver the baby right then and there!"
12 "2 minutes down the road I yell at my husband to call the doctor [...] he just says "Put your pants back on. We're on our way to the hospital!"
Other than giving birth in a tent in the middle of the forest, there are other places most women would probably view as an ideal place to give birth. The side of a road, for example. But that's exactly what one woman had to go through when she tried and failed to get to the hospital in time with her husband driving. They had no choice but to deliver the baby right then and there. Luckily, everything went fine and the baby was delivered with no complications!
"Looking back now, I believe my labor started at 2 pm the day before I delivered, contractions felt like my Braxton hicks and started about 15 minutes apart.By dinner they were 10-11 minutes apart. I awake again at 5 am. More pressure. No pain. They were 3 minutes apart. They stayed constant. I woke my husband. Apologized that this might be a false alarm, but we should head to the hospital that's 35 minutes away. 2 minutes down the road I yell at my husband to call the doctor. I look over, tell my husband I feel like I need to push and he just says "Put your pants back on. We're on our way to the hospital!" So I push, then feel down. The baby's head is crowning. Sure enough it comes. I dig deep. I push with everything I had. Out shoots my big baby boy."
11 "I sat on the toilet as a contraction hit me and tried to push. In a second, my water bag busted open and I screamed."
Most women can feel when the baby is about to come. But sometimes the speed in which the baby comes after that initial feeling can be surprising. It definitely caught this woman off guard, and she had no choice but to give birth in her own bathroom. Luckily, it all worked out, but giving birth while sitting on the toilet is probably not what she had in mind when she was envisioning her delivery!
"The contractions began becoming pretty awful after that and suddenly I had to puke so I ran to the bathroom to puke, and [my SO] got up and started getting things ready. I thought there was no way in hell the feeling of needing to poop could be him so soon, so I sat on the toilet as a contraction hit me and tried to push. In a second, my water bag busted open and I screamed. His head was out in a few seconds and Chris was like, "Oh my god!" And I kept pushing with the contraction and his shoulders came out and his body slid out into both of our hands and Chris helped pull him up to my chest and I just held him there in disbelief. My pants were still around my feet."
10 "My husband thought I was exaggerating, but on the next contraction, my water broke and out flew our wee man!"
That moment when expectant mothers make the walk to the car can be one of incredible excitement and anxiety. After 9 months of waiting, it's finally going to happen. Well that feeling of anticipation was cut short pretty fast when this particular mother realized that she wasn't even going to make it to the car, let alone the hospital. They went back inside, made do with what they had at their disposal, and worked as a team to deliver the baby. Luckily for them, it all worked out in the end!
"My husband was rushing around putting our bags into the car when, I suddenly realised that we wouldn't make it to the car let alone the hospital. I had one super intense contraction and felt the baby move down and quickly called out that the baby was coming! My husband thought I was exaggerating, but on the next contraction, my water broke and out flew our wee man! I caught him in my pants and my husband grabbed him and passed him through to me. We were in shock at this point, and I had to instruct my husband on what to do - he was a bit panicked, but thankfully the baby came out screaming, and was a nice pink colour."
9 "I managed to kind of hold his head in place through a contraction, then I gave the biggest push of my life, and he was out.""
Those who have given birth know that it's a rather stressful experience. Not only is there typically a lot of pain involved, but there's also the fact that there are people crowding around you, telling you what to do. And no one seems to really understand or appreciate exactly what you're going through. Sometimes mothers can get pretty aggravated and aggressive at this time, and no one can really blame them. But as much as other people might annoy you, not many mothers would actually prefer to do it alone... Which is exactly what this expectant mother had to do...
"I woke up my husband and he reminded me to call my midwife. I was so focused on contractions I forgot she existed! Three hours later, though, I hadn't made any progress. My pain level had been increasing pretty steadily since the night before. All of a sudden around it was like someone turned a dial and my pain went to an 11. It was like NOTHING I imagined, even after over 12 hours of labor. I lost track of time but piecing it together afterwards that went on for about 2 hours. I started to really panic then and bawled and pushed and bawled and pushed. I knew it was going to hurt like hell to push his head through but then it would be all over. So I managed to kind of hold his head in place through a contraction, then I gave the biggest push of my life, and he was out."
8 "On the plane I knew I needed medical attention... Soon after that, it was clear I was having my baby, and I was in pure panic."
We've heard a couple stories about babies being born in cars, and that alone seems pretty insane. But that's really nothing compared to the women who have given birth while on a plane. While you might think this is a freak occurrence that almost never happens, it's actually a lot more common than you might think. One particular woman who had the rare honor of delivering a baby mid-flight was Texas woman Cristina Penton. Luckily for her, the delivery actually went very smoothly and everything was okay.
Cristina Penton said after the incident: "Everything started happening very quickly. I didn't think I was having the baby because it was too soon. But after a few minutes I knew I needed medical attention... Soon after that, it was clear I was having my baby, and I was in pure panic."
A spokesman for the airline stated: "A baby being born during a flight is very rare, but our flight attendants are trained to handle medical emergencies in-flight and they have access to doctors on the ground via in-flight communication."
7 "I crawled down the rest of the stairs trying my best to breathe through the contractions as I went."
Being pregnant can be a really wonderful experience. But other times, it can feel as though you just can't handle all the stress that comes with it. This particular woman was at her lowest point when she found herself crawling down the stairs on her hands and knees, going through contractions and realizing that she wasn't going to make it to the hospital. As she got to the bottom of the stairs, she gave birth right then and there on the landing. And just like that, her pregnancy was over...
"By now it was 2:45am and I was sitting on the floor when - POP! - my water breaks. I knew we had to leave and fast but I did think we still had time. At the top of the stairs I was less sure and halfway down the stairs I felt the baby was crowning and told my husband to call 911 instead. It was now 3am and I crawled down the rest of the stairs trying my best to breathe through the contractions as I went. I barely made it to the landing and was in the process of lying down when our little boy made his entrance at 3:03am. Dad ran over to scoop up our new boy and place him on my chest."
6 "when he returned to the apartment to find me in the tub with our newborn son, he was quite surprised."
When you give birth, it definitely helps to have someone with you, ideally someone that you trust. This is usually the woman's significant other, and their calming words of encouragement can make all the difference in this very stressful and potentially traumatic experience. But what happens when your partner just isn't there? This is probably one of the biggest fears that many women face when approaching pregnancy, and when it happens it can be quite a big deal. But what happens if your boyfriend leaves for five minutes and you give birth right then and there? Well that's what this particular girl experienced:
"I told my husband to go get the car (which we park down the street) so we could go to the hospital. He left. My body started pushing. Baffled, I reach down and feel his head crowning. So I figure I should climb into the tub. His head was out on the next push. There was a brief pause and then my body pushed out the rest of him on the next push. I caught him, absolutely in shock. I remembered something about rubbing a newborn’s back to stimulate breathing, so I did that and he started letting out little cries. My husband gets the startle of his life. Poor guy was only gone for 4 minutes. Needless to say, when he returned to the apartment to find me in the tub with our newborn son, he was quite surprised."
5 "my husband delivered our baby girl with guidance from 911 dispatchers. She came out in 3 pushes and we wrapped her in a dish towel while we waited for EMTs"
Of all the places women envision themselves giving birth, the kitchen counter is probably not the place where they would envision it happening. But that's exactly what this woman had to deal with after her baby came way too early. First of all, she wanted to drive to the hospital. Then when she realized that wasn't going to work, she told her husband to call an ambulance. And when that wasn't going to come in time, she had no option but do what seemed natural at the time - give birth right on the kitchen counter...
"My husband realized things were happening fast and we had to leave immediately. He told me to throw on my robe and rushed me down to the car. As soon as I tried to get in, I knew it was too late, I felt intense pressure in my bottom. I told my husband to call an ambulance- she was coming. We rushed back upstairs. I leaned over the kitchen counter, and all my hypnobirthing practice went out the window. I was moaning and screaming (it was like an out of body experience) as my husband delivered our baby girl with guidance from 911 dispatchers. She came out in 3 pushes and we wrapped her in a dish towel while we waited for EMTs."
4 "I got off the toilet, squatted down, and gave a couple pushes. At 5:00 am, on the dot, my son was born and delivered."
Here's yet another story about a girl that had to give birth on her bathroom floor. It seems like this is a somewhat common occurrence. When most women are about to go to the hospital to deliver their baby, they get the urge to visit the restroom first. But sometimes, those crucial moments are all it takes for the baby to come. When all was said and done, this lady had a memorable story to tell and a healthy son, delivered by his own father.
"I yelled to my husband that I was not going to make it to the birth center, I was going to have a baby right there on the toilet. He didn't believe me (I had an epidural with my first and he figured I just didn't know what labor really felt like), but then he glanced down there for himself and realized that I was indeed having a baby. He ran to get some of those disposable underpads I had bought to protect my bed in case of my water breaking during the night. He spread out the pads on the bathroom floor and I got off the toilet, squatted down, and gave a couple pushes. At 5:00 am, on the dot, my son was born and delivered by his own father."
3 "I didn't even have to leave the tub and the other midwife would be here in less then ten minutes and we could get this baby out"
The bathtub is a popular place for women to give birth, and these births are known as water births. It is said that this can be a very calming experience, and some say that it's actually easier. Babies can actually breath underwater for the first few months of their life, a remnant of their lives living in the womb, surrounded by embryonic fluid. This particular woman gave birth in her own tub, and although it was a little stressful, it was a positive experience in the end:
"Around 5 AM I noticed that the pain decreased significantly if I bore down through contractions. I wasn't sure if it was the right thing to do but I was doing it. My midwife came in to do a check, got this wide eyed look and said she needed to call in her second because it was go time. She assured me I didn't even have to leave the tub and the other midwife would be here in less then ten minutes and we could get this baby out. NOPE! The baby was coming RIGHT NOW. During the next contraction my water finally broke, then I had three more contractions before I had a beautiful baby girl placed on my chest."
2 "I told him to stop telling me to breathe and to just breathe with me to give me something to focus on more"
When home births happen, whether they're by accident or by choice, it's always good to have someone around who you trust. Sometimes they can get on your nerves, but if all goes well you will be thankful that someone is around and encouraging you every step of the way. In perhaps the most heartwarming confession in this article, this particular woman tells of how she and her boyfriend managed to work as a team to make the delivery easier for everyone:
"My boyfriend got into position with my head in his lap so I could curl into C-shape for pushing, and continued to coach me through it like a boss. I coached him back too, actually--it was a pretty great synthesis. For example, at one point, I didn't feel like I was doing great with my breath during contractions even though he was reminding me to breathe, so I told him to stop telling me to breathe and to just breathe with me to give me something to focus on more. I think for the next contraction, I told him the opposite, and we went back and forth a few times. But then as I felt the next one coming on, I told myself and my midwife, "Okay, this is the one," bore down, and pushed our kid out in one rush. I could barely feel the contraction or even myself pushing, but my body did it."
1 "My sister is an OB and tried to talk me out of the birth center. 3 babies died in that same birth center."
The main debate when it comes to delivering babies is where you should do it. This discussion is usually dominated by two types of people - those who believe in home births, and those who believe in hospital births. But there is another option that you might not be aware of. And this option is a birth center. Think of it as a kind of cross between your home and a hospital. This facility is staffed by midwives and other trained professionals, although it still has the appearance of a home, making the mother feel more at ease (in theory). Many people have gone down this route, but one mother says that she won't be doing that again:
"I had my first in a birth center, so not at home but not at the hospital either. It was not a pleasant experience, although everyone came through it unscathed (physically). My sister is an OB and tried to talk me out of the birth center, saying the hospital was safer. I didn't believe her. The year after I had my daughter, 3 babies died in that same birth center. Being outside of the hospital is not worth the risk, in my opinion."