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- Christopher’s birth story - TRULY unhindered

Last Updated: 7/23/2013

Not only was it unhindered.....it was unexpected......unexpected in that she didn't even know she was pregnant.  True story.

You know that show, "I didn't know I was pregnant"  this is "a local (to me)" one of those stories. 

Having had 10 babies and knowing I was pregnant almost the second it happened I just cannot imagine NOT knowing.  Okay so maybe you aren't like MOST of us that have morning sickness... what about the insane mood swings or cravings?  What about the baby movement?  How could you NOT FEEL that?

I also know a woman whose daughter was pregnant and hid it until about 3 weeks before she gave birth and I looked at her and thought....how in the WORLD did you NOT know that young woman was pregnant?  She was small in stature and there was just no mistaking the baby belly, at least to me. 

The mind can do funny things, and denial is a very strong coping mechanism. "Denial is a coping mechanism that gives you time to adjust to distressing situations but staying in denial can interfere with treatment or your ability to tackle challenges"  is posted on the Mayo clinic website.  Pretty much true story.  If you don't admit you are pregnant, you'll presumably have a very hard time when labor hits!

So my friend works as an EMT and this is the story of one of the calls her team responded to.  They were called to an "I didn't know I was pregnant/in labor thought I was having a BM" 911 call.

The 911 operator was told the baby was in the toilet.  The operator told her to remove the baby from the toilet and was asking about the baby's condition.  The mother was in such shock that she just would not do it.  Whether she said no, or just sat there unresponsive is unclear.  The medics were told baby was born in toilet and mother was so in shock she would not get it out of the toilet. She just would not. They arrived expecting a fetal demise.

The firefighter who was first on the scene scooped the baby out of the toilet bowl, tore away the bag, cut the cord and wrapped the baby.  On the way outside to the medic he heard what he called a "squeak".  The man held on tightly and could feel the baby moving and thought to himself "holy cow!!!  this baby is ALIVE!!!" He ran down the steps and to the medic.  The baby was moving and started breathing on his own. He transported to the hospital and was eventually released after treatment doing very well.  The mom eventually came out of her shock and turned out to be a very happy and involved mother.  My friend is still friends with her and receives periodic updates on his life now. He's now about 7 yrs old (2013) now and his name is Christopher.

So while I was looking up that show, I got sucked into watching some of the stories.  These two are the most amazing ones to me so I'm including them here for you.  Since we had to read about such hard stories yesterday, today is the day for AMAZING UNHINDERED BIRTH stories.

As set up for the first story, it's in 2 parts.  The woman does not know she's pregnant, and neither does her partner.  As you watch the story, listen to the places where the cue up the music and attempt to raise the dramatic affect. The narrator wants you to think and feel like they are teetering on death's door the entire time.  True that breech babies have greater risks, but breech position is not a pathology it is a variation of normal.   Lots of interesting information on breech births along with some videos on Lisa Barrett's website.  

Part 2

Notice how much time went by between when baby came out (and stayed attached to his placenta) and when the truck driver came in and gently assisted baby to breathe.  He didn't aggressively suction, he gently turned baby over and instinctively assisted him with postural drainage.  Postural drainage, also called Stevenson's maneuver is a technique where the baby is held on the arm of the practitioner, with its head supported and tilting down so that the baby is aligned well for drainage.  It is done to help baby expel excessive fluids.  Many midwives perform this maneuver instead of aggressive suctioning with a bulb syringe.  

There are so MANY things about the narration of this particular story.  "without desperately needed medical assistance"  early in the actual birth.  Not arguing that pre-eclampsia is a considerable dangerous medical condition and yes, absolutely mother was at risk.  I find it incredibly telling that after the birth she waited TWO DAYS before telling anyone and she immediately nursed this newborn and spent the immediate postpartum period alone with baby.  I find it very touching she wanted her husband to get to be the next one to know and experience her baby.  Her baby as well did not breathe the second she gave birth.  Sometimes it just takes them a minute.  That doesn't necessitate immediate cord-clamping.  Remember the mother in this previous post.  (3rd video in the post)  Keeping the cord intact allows baby to stay oxygenated by the placenta.

So two days had passed, the baby had been cared for by his mother.  They went to the hospital and ran a battery of tests and even though they initially feared he was as many as 6 weeks early, he was fine and sent home.  She was made to feel guilty that something COULD have happened.  Yes, it COULD have, but it DID NOT.   Babies are very resilient, how else could they survive the battery of interventions they are most times subjected to?  We as a human race have been around a long time and we've only been giving birth in the hospital since the early 1900's.

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