Interesting places where women have given birth - page 4

I heard on the news this morning that the Triboro Bridge was shut down because of a woman giving birth on the bridge. Made me wonder--what are some of the most interesting places you've heard of or... Read More

  1. by   LizzyL&DRN
    We had a mom deliver in her car....I know not very interesting....however, I asked the father when did the baby pop out, in the parking lot or on the way to hospital. He said the baby popped out just as they were driving under the bridge down the street a little ways.....That bridge connects two nudist complexes and is completely enclosed so the naked people can go across the street w/out getting dressed. We started calling that baby the "naked bridge baby." Course we didn't tell the parents that.
  2. by   JeanettePNP
    All pregant women should be prepared for the possiblity of emergency unassisted childbirth. They should know what to do if the baby starts coming precipitously. In my very first childbirth class (long before I became a homebirth advocate) we were taught that if you really feel that the baby is coming, it is better to stay home, since your house will be a lot cleaner, safer and warmer than the car.
  3. by   beanie29
    Quote from ChayaN
    All pregant women should be prepared for the possiblity of emergency unassisted childbirth. They should know what to do if the baby starts coming precipitously. In my very first childbirth class (long before I became a homebirth advocate) we were taught that if you really feel that the baby is coming, it is better to stay home, since your house will be a lot cleaner, safer and warmer than the car.
    So true. A great book on this is Emergency Childbirth by Gregory White. (pretty sure that's the author)
  4. by   HeartsOpenWide
    In the back seat of a VW bug on a dirt raod.
  5. by   ElvishDNP
    My husband was born on the dirt floor of his family's house in rural Mexico. My MIL had all 11 of her kids that way...not a day of PNC, a set of twins, and all but two are alive and fine. (One of the two died in a freak accident in childhood, the other died from no one really knows. Nobody went to a doctor 45 years ago in that neck o' the woods.) Makes you wonder if all the stuff we do to women is really necessary all the time.
  6. by   ElvishDNP
    P.S. I am not advocating no PNC, just that a) I don't think she had access to PNC, and b) my Hispanic family members don't tend to see pregnancy as an illness, so why go to the doctor??
  7. by   CEG
    I would love to UC, I just don't think DH's tolerance could extend to that. After forcing him to read several books and reports he has agreed to a homebirth for our next child. I will hold out hope that the next child comes so fast I can UC, but given my last two 24+ hour labors I doubt it

    If I were to UC I would seek complete prenatal care to ensure that myself and the baby were healthy. Some women do "UP/UC" where they do not seek prenatal care- but most of these women (that I know) are pretty informed and keep an eye on themselves. Probably more than a 2 minute doppler check at the OB would do for you anyway
  8. by   stillpressingon
    Quote from stevielynn
    Well, it reminds me of the folks who don't like to take baths because they don't want to soak in their own filth . . . all I can think about is all the stuff that comes out of momma that will be floating around in water . . .

    steph
    Oh my gosh! That's what I always think about with waterbirths! I wouldn't mind laboring in a tub, but actually delivering there? Huh uh. Count me out.
  9. by   KellNY
    Quote from CEG
    I will hold out hope that the next child comes so fast I can UC, but given my last two 24+ hour labors I doubt it

    If I were to UC I would seek complete prenatal care to ensure that myself and the baby were healthy. Some women do "UP/UC" where they do not seek prenatal care- but most of these women (that I know) are pretty informed and keep an eye on themselves. Probably more than a 2 minute doppler check at the OB would do for you anyway
    You'd be surprised how much faster you labor when you're in a familiar comfortable place where you are at peace.

    And I agree, those I've known who've UCed without any formal prenatal care were very informed and educated (followed Brewer's diet, no drugs/chemicals, exercised/yoga regularly, ate all natural foods and/or mostly organic, some dipped for protein/sugar, monitored BP, very in depth pregnancy/childbirth knowlege, etc).

    It's very unfortunate that some people jump to conclusions and hear "no prental care" and talk about poor judgement, ignorance, even child abuse/neglect, when really, statistics show that these births often turn out much better than their hospital bound counterparts (much less c/s, less infection, less hemmorhage, less tears, etc).

    I plan on UCing either my next child, or those after. I will not get formal prenatal care except seeing a CNM once or twice to test for Trisomy 13, a condition that I would most likely terminate for (as well as some others).
  10. by   Mimi2RN
    We had a mom deliver the first of a set of preemie twins at home. She was under the influence of meth at the time, and didn't know she had a baby between her legs. The second delivered in the hospital. Luckily they both did well, went home (sadly) a few weeks later. She didn't have custody of her other kids.
  11. by   ElvishDNP
    I agree with KellNY that there is a difference between "I'm so high I don't care about going to the doctor" and being conscientious (sp?) about taking care of your pregnancy even if you don't go to the doctor/midwife for it. That said, I personally would get prenatal care because I feel like it's best for me and my family.
  12. by   Jo Dirt
    I'm kind if interested in unassisted childbirth, but I know the old man wouldn't hear of it. I think it would be great to go rent a motel by the beach and self deliver while you listened to the ocean waves, especially if UC is not nearly as painful as some of those women say it is.
    It's a nice fantasy for me, but I'm sure I can expect to find myself spread eagle on a table with my feet in stirrups surrounded by machines...
  13. by   kuroyagi
    A friend of mine was in a hurry to get to L&D, and delivered standing. she was trying her best to hold her pants up and not drop the baby while walking in.

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