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I have a friend who had her baby at home, (delivered, or rather caught, by me,) because her OB said her contractions were caused by dehydration and she should have a big drink of water, go back to bed and bother him later.

I have another friend who had her baby in her car in the Holland Tunnel. (It was something to do with bad traffic and alternate side parking rules.)

But this is more-- public. Especially as a news crew happened by, before the ambulance came. I do think the doormen should get tipped well for this!

It seems everyone is well. Babies are tough little critters.

I think the lesson here is that when a multipara says 'Now' she knows what she is talking about.

http://jezebel.com/woman-gives-birth-in-the-middle-of-nyc-street-1530493203

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serge_lj
Feb. 25th, 2014 09:52 pm (UTC)
I guess she needed a really big glass of water.
What a twit that other person was.
eglantine_br
Feb. 26th, 2014 01:39 am (UTC)
Yeah-- my friend was very lucky. All went well.

In the case of my friend in the tunnel, they sent the car in to be cleaned, and she said 'We are from New Jersey, they will just assume it was a hit.'
anteros_lmc
Feb. 25th, 2014 10:35 pm (UTC)
I have a friend from Scotland who lives in Upstate New York who had her first on the kitchen floor accompanied by a state trooper who happened to be the first person to respond to her 911 call. I think the poor guy may have been a bit traumatised! She managed to get to the hospital for her second, but only just. Must be something in the water over there, I've never known it to happen on this side of the pond ;)
eglantine_br
Feb. 25th, 2014 11:16 pm (UTC)
I spoke to Mike about on the phone. He says it happens a lot. In cabs, usually, but not right on the sidewalk. You can see the newsperson indicating a large damp area on the pavement...
ba1126
Feb. 26th, 2014 12:48 am (UTC)
I've had seven kids, and each one was a long drawn out affair, even after the water broke, it was still three or four hours (or MORE) until actual birth. I remember going to the hospital to deliver late one night and seeing another pregnant woman enter the elevator. I learned the next day that she had her baby ON THE ELEVATOR!!
eglantine_br
Feb. 26th, 2014 01:36 am (UTC)
Every body (and everybody) is different. The problem comes when health providers won't listen. Of course, in the case of this lady, she left hailing the cab a bit late.
ba1126
Feb. 26th, 2014 03:18 pm (UTC)
Yes. I always wished I were one of the "Oh no, here it comes!" type, but after reading this, I've changed my mind. I used to make Hubby crazy, because KNOWING how long it was going to be, I would hang around at home cleaning the kitchen or making a casserole for the freezer without telling him how close the contractions were!! At least twice I only comsented to go because my water broke, and even then it was several hours in the hospital bed before things really 'progressed'.
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