I saw this in The Stir - Where did you give birth to your child(ren)?
by Lisa Fogarty
It's never too early to learn how to multitask when you're a mom. One Texas woman learned this the hard way when she delivered a baby boy while enrolling her 4-year-old son in a preschool in Houston.
Vanessa DeLeon knew she was in labor when she decided to stop at Alexis' preschool to fill out all of the necessary paperwork she needed to ensure her child was all signed up and ready to go this September. Having already given birth to Alexis and his two older brothers, you can't blame this woman for knowing it can take HOURS and hours and, sometimes a day or two -- or five -- to go from that first contraction to active labor and delivery.
But, boy, did she miscalculate when it came to her fourth baby. In fact, DeLeon was so off that she ended up asking the school nurse to perform a duty we're sure she isn't used to.
Right after she dropped off the registration forms, DeLeon says she asked if anything else was needed of her because she had to get to the hospital -- pronto. But she never even made it to the car. The mom was marched right into the school's nurse station, where the medical professional says she didn't even have time to put gloves on before she saw the baby crowning.
Mom gave birth to a healthy 6-pound, 3-ounce boy named Geovanni. The little cutie was wrapped up in school T-shirts because they didn't even have blankets on hand -- ya know, because it isn't every day that a newborn makes his way into the world via their classroom!
Needless to say, mom bravely pushed without an epidural AND little Alexis got to experience the miracle of life and be one of the first people on the planet to meet his little brother. I'm hoping doctors read this story and decide to take our contraction complaints a bit more seriously -- especially if we're giving birth to our second, third, or fourth children.
I delivered my second baby about an hour and a half after my water broke. I didn't have time for an epidural and I barely had time to really think about what was going on around me. Given the fact that my first born took her sweet time -- 18 hours -- to emerge from the womb, I would have totally stopped at my child's school to enroll him in class before moseying my way over to the hospital. You might say this story will stick in my mind if I try to go for baby #3.
How was the birth of your second, third, or fourth child different from the birth of your first?