Mary is the expectant mom who wonders if she’ll make it to the hospital in time to deliver her baby.
It is true that some impatient babies aren’t willing to wait for what mom has planned, and decide instead to be born at home, or in the car.
There are two important things you should know about this common worry.
First, babies are seldom born when the mom is in transit to the place where she is planning to deliver[child birth process]. It does happen, yes, but it is rare.
The very act of getting in the car to go to a delivery location often slows contractions and makes them less productive.
It has to do with the hormones your body produces and how they are affected by your emotions.
So the chances that this would happen to you are very small indeed. Second, babies who arrive without help are generally very healthy babies, especially if they are full term babies.
What should you do if your baby is intent on making its arrival before you arrive at the birthing center or hospital? Here are some things to keep in mind.
- First, calm down.
- Second, have someone support the baby as it emerges. They should not attempt to turn the baby, twist the baby, pull the baby out, or try to keep the baby from emerging.
- Mom should gently push with contractions if she has an overwhelming urge to do so.
- Once the baby has emerged, wrap it in a blanket and give it to mom. Gently wipe the baby’s face. There is no need to spank the baby. A gentle stroking will generally encourage breathing and a calm wakefulness in the baby.
- Do not attempt to cut, tie, or clamp the umbilical cord. Most umbilical cords are long enough to allow the baby to be held by mom. As long as the umbilical cord is attached, it will continue to supply air to the baby as long as needed. Do not pull on the umbilical cord.
- Mom should attempt to breastfeed the baby as soon as possible. This will help slow uterine bleeding.
- Once the baby has been delivered, continue to proceed to the birthing center or hospital.