A mom from Kansas is making headlines nationwide after photos of her incredible, jaw-dropping birth experience are going viral. Jes Hogan gave birth to her sixth baby -- the family's first boy -- on July 24, 2017, and the way the labor went down, she had no time to get set up in a room at the hospital. Instead, she had to welcome her baby boy right in an emergency room hallway!
Jes had started experiencing contractions days earlier, on the 19th, but they didn't progress quickly, and she labored at home until her water broke, and she ended up getting into the family's car barefoot with her husband Travis by her side. She quickly reached out to her birth photographer Tammy Karin, owner of Little Leapling in Manhattan, Kansas. As they arrived at the hospital, Tammy met the couple, and Jes was right on the brink of delivery.
"I made it just past the second set of automatic doors ..." the mom of six wrote in a post to Tammy's blog. "Tammy yelled to them that I was going to have the baby right there on the floor. I know at this point I said something to the effect of, 'oh god, he’s here.' I then started to take my pants off because I could feel my body pushing the baby’s head out. I reached down and could feel his head crowning with my hand. I looked at my husband and said, 'Travis catch him!' Without any hesitation, he did just that as I felt my body involuntarily pushing his head the rest of the way out. At that moment Tammy began snapping away!"
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The proud mom went on to share that, according to Travis, the ER nurse who "reached us first quickly supported his head, he still had his hands on baby’s head too, as well as my back while they laid us down. That same nurse gently removed his cord that was loosely around his neck, now his head was completely out. With 1 more push as instructed by the nurse, and the only intentional push I gave, I felt the rest of his body come out. He arrived on the floor just inside the entrance of the emergency room at 3:38 am. Less than 25 minutes from the time my water broke at home, and only a few moments after we stepped inside the hospital. They placed him on my chest, his head was so bruised from arriving so quickly. The nurses were amazing, so was my husband. They all gently helped move baby up to my chest, and my husband placed a towel sweetly under my head. I wasn’t aware of much other than his presence at my right side."
Tammy compiled an amazing video of the photo series, which truly illustrates the urgency and emotion behind the beautiful moment. In just a day since it went live, it has been viewed 11,453 times!
Congratulations to the Hogans!