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Whoa: See This Mom Give Birth in the Front Seat of Her Car!

Monday, July 20th, 2015

woman gives birth in carWe’ve all heard the wild birth stories where the mom-to-be comes this close to delivering her baby in a car on the way to the hospital, but swoops into the parking lot in the nick of time. That wouldn’t be the case for one Texas woman, who delivered her third child in the front seat of a moving car—while her husband filmed it all with a GoPro camera positioned on his lap.

Of course, a passenger-seat birth wasn’t part of the plan for Lesia and Jon Pettijohn. Nope, the couple was prepared for a traditional delivery they could capture on camera. But their kiddo had other plans. As the Pettijohns were en route to the birth center, Lesia’s water broke and she quickly realized the baby was coming—stat. As we see in the now-viral video he took, Jon earns the title of Best Birth Partner Ever and, maybe, Best Multitasker, too.

Related: Emergency Delivery How-to

After about 30 seconds of Lesia’s guttural screams and body shakes, he calmly asks, “Do you need to take your pants down?” Her answer? A shaky “I don’t know,” which all things considered is not what most of us would have said.

As she declares that “it’s coming out! The head is out!” Jon says, “All right, well…” and tugs gently at her pants and unbuckles her seat belt. Again, all this while driving and filming. I mean, this guy’s as cool as a cucumber.

In fact, he manages to hold it together even after their 10-pound newborn has been delivered right there in the front seat. “Do you want me to stop or keep going,” he gently asks his screaming wife, followed by an upbeat, “All right, we had a baby!”

Like the MacGuyver he is, Jon also somehow had the wherewithal to remind Lesia that their son, Josiah, needed to be held upside down and patted on his fanny. Oh, and he awesomely asks for a high five while his stunned wife holds their child, and wonders aloud “if we still have to pay for using the birth center.” Seriously, somebody hire this guy to teach a birth class.

Related: Wild Birth Stories From Moms Whose Babies Didn’t Wait for the Delivery Room

After lots of requests from family and friends, the couple decided to post their video on YouTube so their loved ones could relive the moment with them. Not surprisingly, way more people than that have stumbled upon the record of Josiah’s unusual birth—and Jon’s preternatural calm. As of this writing, more than 7.7 million people have watched it. Check out the full video below for yourself, though—caveat—there are a few images some may consider graphic:

Way to go, Lesia and Jon, and congratulations on your baby boy!

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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

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Screen shot of Lesia Pettijohn courtesy of i8thacookies via YouTube

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This Is When You’re Most Likely to Give Birth

Monday, May 11th, 2015

babyThere are some constants we’ve come to rely on when watching movies about having a baby: There is no such thing as a postpartum belly. Hijinks will ensue in the delivery room. And women will only give birth in the middle of the night.

Oh, Hollywood. Bless your heart.

Screenwriters, take note: According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, moms are more likely to deliver their babies in broad daylight. Moreover, the highest percentage of births occur between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon.

But the breakfast rush isn’t just because of some early-bird newborns. The report’s authors found a link between a daytime deliveries and a rise in medical interventions like inductions and scheduled c-sections, which typically take place during business hours. In fact, c-sections are less likely to occur on the night shift, while noninduced vaginal births were more likely to happen between midnight and 6 a.m. Interestingly, moms who give birth in a non-hospital setting, like the home, tend to deliver between 1:00 a.m. and 4:59 a.m., which is when hospital maternity wards tend to be the quietest.

Besides medical interventions, the day you deliver could also influence your baby’s time of birth. The report found that infants born on Saturday or Sunday were apparently already in weekend mode, with most likely to arrive in the late evening and early morning hours.

The report, analyzed by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, is based on data from 90 percent of U.S. birth certificates from 2013. A full report of all births will be available next year. Even though the NCHS just discovered that c-sections are down slightly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the 2016 findings looked similar to this one. Hey, it makes sense — daytime hours are when hospitals are staffed up and more doctors are ordering procedures. But don’t start prepping the postpartum mimosas just yet. If Hollywood has gotten anything right, it’s that even the best-laid birth plans can go awry — especially when the big moment arrives.

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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

Labor & Delivery: What to Expect in a C-Section
Labor & Delivery: What to Expect in a C-Section
Labor & Delivery: What to Expect in a C-Section

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Apparently, Prince Charles Wants a Granddaughter (No Pressure, Kate!)

Friday, May 1st, 2015

princess katePoor Princess Kate. Days past her reported due date, the pregnant mama is probably swollen, tired, and just ready to get this show on the road. To her credit, she’s being a good sport about the world’s obsession with her bump, even going so far as to send pastries to well-wishers camped outside of the hospital where she’ll evenutally deliver. Still, I have to think she’s feeling the pressure from the so-called “Great Kate Wait.”

Adding a wrinkle to things? Her father-in-law, Prince Charles. At an event this week in Windsor Castle, the next-in-line casually let it drop that he and wife Camilla are “hoping for a granddaughter.” (William and Kate have chosen not to find out their baby’s gender before the birth.) And you know if he’s telling perfect strangers his preference, he’s probably been yakking about it with his son and daughter-in-law for the last nine months.

The upside is that Prince Charles went public with his opinion this late in the game, whereas most eager grandparents-to-be let that stuff fly as soon as you tell them you’re pregnant. And talk about added pressure! The day after I broke the news to my parents, my dad and I were having lunch and he announced he knew I was having a girl. So sure was he that he even picked out a name for her: Hannah. (Um, how thoughtful?) For the next several weeks, until an ultrasound revealed I was having a boy, every conversation involved “Hannah”: How she’d love stamps as much as he does. How he would show her how to bait a hook and change a tire. How they’d be the best of friends. The happy little world he created for himself and my unborn child was so vivid that when I found out I was having a boy, I almost hesitated to tell him. I did, of course, and he took the news in stride: it took him about 20 seconds to mentally unhook his dreams of a granddaughter and latch on to the reality of a grandson.

Related: Celebrity Gender Reveals: How Stars Shared the Boy-or-Girl News

Considering how much scrutiny the royal pregnancy has already received, my bet is that Princess Kate is a seasoned pro at deflecting pressure, even when it comes from the future king. Because royalty or no, in the end, they want what we all want for the young family: a happy, healthy baby — whenever he or she decides to arrive.

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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

Boy or Girl: How Genetics Determine Your Baby's Gender
Boy or Girl: How Genetics Determine Your Baby's Gender
Boy or Girl: How Genetics Determine Your Baby's Gender

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Girl Quintuplets Born for the First Time in 46 Years

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

all-girl Busby quintuplets

Update (4/16/15): Yesterday, several news outlets reported the Busby quintuplets was the first all-girl set born since 1969, but it has since been clarified that the Busby quintuplets are believed to be the first surviving quintuplets to be born. Also, thanks to our readers, we have further clarified some additional statistics and data in this post.

It’s hard enough giving birth to twins and triplets, but Danielle Busby has the distinct honor of giving birth to quintuplets.

And what makes this Texan mom’s birth story even more incredible: it’s the first set that all-female quintuplets have been born and survived in America in nearly 50 years. Quintuplets and other high-order births are so rare that only a total of 66 were recorded being born in 2013.

Related: Delivering Multiples: What It’s Really Like

In addition to their newborns, Busby and her husband, Adam, also have another daughter, Blayke, who’s 3 years old.

Both Blayke and her new sisters (named Olivia Marie, Ava Lane, Hazel Grace, Parker Kate, and Riley Paige) were conceived via intrauterinie insemination (IUI) fertility treatments.

The quintuplets were also born premature at 28 weeks and two days, and delivered via C-section in four minutes at the Woman’s Hospital of Texas last week. The couple praised the hospital on their blog, itsabuzzworld.com, and thanked the staff for bringing their “little miracle babies to this world.”

At the moment, the girls are still in the NICU, and the new parents shared a video with photos and updates about their daughters’ developing personalities. Watch the update below!

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Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com. She loves collecting children’s picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea.

Photo of the Busby quintuplet birth announcements originally featured on itsabuzzworld.com.

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Um, Three Moms Give Birth In These Awkward Spots!

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Baby just after birthWhen my friend Sarah’s water broke last year, she and her wife were in the back of a cab, stuck in rush hour traffic. After a long, harrowing trip uptown, they made it to the hospital just minutes before their baby arrived. Their adventure gave me goosebumps, so I silently crowned it the Most Dramatic Birth Story Ever—until today.

That’s because three new moms have recently given birth in some of the most impossible, inconvenient spots: at 30,000 feet, in a convenience store parking lot, and on the shoulder of a major interstate.

But let’s back up. On a recent flight from Miami to Qatar, a woman went into labor somewhere over Canada. An emergency landing was in order, so the plane and all of its 337 passengers were rerouted to a runway in Newfoundland. The baby, however, wasn’t prepared to wait that long. So with the help of two on-board doctors (lucky!), and most likely squeezing into a too-tight space, the mom delivered her newborn about 30 minutes before the wheels touched down. Paramedics took them to a nearby hospital, where both are said to be doing well.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday a pregnant woman in Pennsylvania was making a mad dash to her own hospital but, in the throes of labor, ended up having to pull over to the side of the road. Two state troopers—one of whom also happened to be a trained EMT—spotted her and began to escort her the rest of the way. Yet again, Mother Nature had other plans: This baby was coming—stat! So the trio pulled into a convenience store parking lot, where the trained EMT helped deliver the infant as his partner ran into the shop to get towels and supplies. The delivery went off without a hitch, all things considered, and the happy and healthy mom and baby were taken to the hospital afterward.

And yet another baby was born roadside, this time on an interstate in Maryland. Details are scant, but officials in Montgomery County confirmed that a woman had delivered her son on busy Interstate 270 around 4 a.m., and emergency personnel transported them to a local hospital. Both are reportedly doing well.

Congratulations to these brave mamas—and their quick-thinking helpers!

Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+

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Birth Stories: "My Water Broke..."

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