A mother gave birth on her own while her five children waited in the car.

Heather Skaats, who was from Kentucky, had her baby on the side of the road three weeks before she was due. “Before we left, I was having light contractions, so I thought I had time to run an errand,” she said. She thought labor would take longer because the births of her other children, Kaelynn, 13, Aneleigh, 11, Austin, 6, Luke, 3, and Alyssa, 2, all took a long time.

Skaats said, “I thought I wouldn’t be able to hold my baby for eight or ten hours.” Skaats’ contractions got stronger and closer together all of a sudden, which meant that labor had started. Skaats says that she started driving faster so that she could have a water birth at home as planned. But it was clear right away that she wouldn’t have enough time.

Skaats said, “I stopped the van, told the kids everything was fine, and then got out and had a baby.” She also said, “I got out of the car, walked to the other side’s grass, and literally had a baby.” I thought things like that only happened in movies!” from what Mums say.

It happened so fast. Nick and I were talking on the phone, and 20 seconds later, I said, “He’s here!” The baby was still attached to her body as she drove home. She said, “I put him in a blanket and held him close to my chest as I drove.” I think the children were surprised. They didn’t say much.”

Skaats said, “He started crying as soon as he was born, and when he opened his eyes and looked at me, I said, “Wow, that was fun, wasn’t it?” She gave birth to her placenta in the shower with the help of her 13-year-old daughter, Kaelynn, when she and Kaelynn got to the house. In 10 minutes, Skaat’s midwives came to help her.

Skaats has had six children before, and she said, “Knowing what to expect helped a lot.” She and her husband had a daughter named Leilah. When she was four years old, Leilah died of cancer.

Skaats and her husband are trying to come up with a name for their baby. He could be called Porter or Wolf, which are the names of streets near where he was born.

 

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