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Woman's toilet birth is the second in the family
Posted on Friday, June 1, 2012

When you imagine giving birth to a baby, the image in your head is likely taking place in a hospital bed with plenty of doctors and nurses on hand, right? Perhaps there are a few family members around giving their support and even a couple of floral bouquets in the area for a bit of cheer. However, it wasn't so for a woman in Ferguson, Missouri, recently, who gave birth to her daughter while sitting on the toilet.

According to ABC News, the woman's sister received a call from her in the morning, learning that her water had broken while she was using the toilet. She had been experiencing labor pains throughout the night but hadn't thought she was going to give birth any time soon.

Only five minutes later, the sister got a second phone call saying that she had successfully given birth to a daughter. Despite the strange circumstance, the sister claims that the mother remained calm during the first phone call. It was her fifth child, after all.

"She said the ambulance was on the way and I said they'd be there shortly," the sister said. "She was crammed in the little bitty bathroom with the police officer, the paramedic, and the baby."

Apparently, the officer who arrived on scene was relatively new to the force, but he did a wonderful job pulling the baby out of the toilet and handing her over to the paramedics, who cut the umbilical cord and transferred both mother and daughter to the hospital, where Fox 8 News reports they are in good health.

Although toilet births have happened before with women who didn't know they were pregnant, this case is particularly puzzling to doctors.

"Maybe the patient has a history of premature labor that hasn't been addressed," Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway, an OBGYN and the author of "The Smart Mother's Guide to a Better Pregnancy," said. "Maybe she hasn't received adequate prenatal care. But something is awry."

There are many health risks associated with these types of situations, including breech delivery, prematurity and asphyxia from being strangled by the umbilical cord. Luckily, none of these issues surfaced in this case.

Perhaps the most interesting fact is that this toilet birth wasn't the first one in the family. According to the woman's sister, their mother gave birth to their brother on the toilet as well. That's certainly something worth passing along through the generations!



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