Have you ever worried you'd go into labor while home alone, and be forced to deliver your own baby? I know I have! Well, this actually happened to a Texas mom recently, and all in the span of 10 minutes.
Her surprise home birth was recorded in a 911 call, during which Medstar operator Kate Gillinger attempted to coach a hysterical Allison Marquardt through the delivery. Without pain meds. Or anyone there to hold her hand.
The new mom of two, who has a history of precipitous labor, told ABC 13 News, "I called 911 and was like I don't think anyone's going to get here in time. It was scary." She added, "I was a little freaked out, but there wasn't anything different I could have done."
Gillinger advised Marquardt to assume a comfortable position on her bedroom floor, and basically breath, and have a baby. Did I mention this mom was alone? Sorry, I'm just totally in awe of her for staying calm enough to deliver her own baby boy, Augustine, which she did.
But listening to Marquardt crying out in pain, and possibly panic, is enough to get any pregnant woman or mom's blood pumping. Because you start to imagine yourself in this situation. What would you do? Could you actually survive delivering your own baby without anyone there to, um, administer an epidural, or even brush your sweaty hair out of your eyes?
I'm sure, like Marquardt, you do what you have to do. What choice do you have? That being said, I can't imagine how terrifying it must be. So just in case you ever find yourself alone giving birth, here is what you need to do. And you certainly wouldn't be the first woman to give birth rather unexpectedly. Still, here's hoping your baby is born when, and where you planned!
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.