A viral video has been circulating on social media of a Texan woman calmly giving birth to a 10lb baby in the front seat of her car.
A Texan woman, Lesia Pettijohn, was captured by her husband on her family go pro giving birth in the front seat of the car en route to the Bay Area birth center. Pettijohn is initially seen roaring her child earth-side. She then calmly and ecstatically embraces her freshly born 10lb baby with overflowing joy.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Pettijohn stated “when he was out I was like I gotta push the rest of him out and grab him and pick him up and I was like what do I do, what do I wrap him in? My shirt is pretty long I will wrap him in that”
Most of the time, we are used to the media depicting birth as frightening or dangerous. But experiences like Pettijohn’s really go to show that, most of the time, childbirth simply happens physiologically.
Especially when there is little outside interference. When interviewed, Pettijohn explained that, despite feeling the baby’s head emerge, she still hoped her husband would make it to the birth center.
Women’s bodies are powerful
Pettijohn isn’t the first mother to have given birth en route to the birth center, or hospital. However, the footage her husband captured was remarkable. The couple named their new baby boy Josiah; Pettijohn and her husband John already have two daughters. The pair is astounded that people even as far away as Norway witnessed the precious moment that their son was born.
However, many women who watched the video have wondered what they should do, if they were ever in the same position. Whether you are giving birth at home, hospital or birth center, birth can sometimes be faster than you anticipated. This could mean you might give birth in a place that you were not expecting to!
What should you do if you are giving birth in a car?
- Unlike the couple in the video, it is best if you can pull the car over to the side of the road as soon as possible.
- If you were on your way home to give birth, call your midwife. If you were planning a hospital or birth center birth, call the local emergency number, such as 911.
- Get yourself into whatever position that feels most comfortable.
- If your car doesn’t contain a blanket or towel, remove a piece of clothing ready to wrap the baby.
- If you don’t want to catch your own baby, have your companion assume a position quite close to the baby’s emerging body so they can catch it.
- Do not pull any part of the baby! Allow the baby to emerge naturally upon the waves of contractions. If the baby’s head seems to go back into your body after seeming to emerge, this is normal. This is the body’s way of avoiding tearing.
- Once the baby has emerged, immediately place it on your bare skin so it can receive your body heat. Cover the baby with the clothing/blanket/towel you prepared earlier.
- Do not cut the umbilical cord! This is very important. If the cord is wound around the baby’s head, gently lift it off. If the baby doesn’t look like it is breathing, it will stay alive if it still receives the blood through the umbilical cord.
- Don’t be surprised if there is a lot of fluid gushing after the baby emerges. Do not pull on the umbilical cord. The placenta will emerge naturally within 10-30 minutes.
- Either make your way to the hospital or head back home if you were planning a home birth.