A mother from Maesteg, South Wales, shared her astonishing birth story, recounting how she unexpectedly delivered her baby in a car while her partner drove them to the hospital, with their eldest daughter present.
Loren Cash, 24, had gone into labor at home in the early hours of the morning while anticipating the arrival of her second child. Urgently, she woke up her partner, Andy Patrick, and hurriedly packed their 20-month-old daughter Nova into the car, still dressed in her pajamas, to begin the nine-mile journey to the hospital.
However, baby Luna-Rae couldn’t wait and made her entrance into the world right in the passenger seat as her parents found themselves stuck on a dual carriageway. Eventually, they managed to park at a train station. Loren described the unexpected turn of events, saying, “We were on the dual carriageway so Andy couldn’t stop and I was having contractions really close together, and then I saw the baby’s head, and I sort of leaned on [Andy] and she just landed on the passenger seat chair.”
She added, “I thought it would be the same as before and that I had plenty of time. There wasn’t even any time to dress Nova, so we had to put her in the car in her pajamas, and the midwives stayed on the phone.” Although they attempted to continue the short journey to the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, Loren couldn’t wait any longer, and she gave birth just about a mile away from the maternity ward, reported Daily Mail.
They parked in a train station car park, where Andy checked that their newborn daughter was breathing and wrapped her in a towel before proceeding to the hospital. Loren expressed her gratitude, saying, “Thankfully, my daughter was breathing, and he placed her in my lap. When we arrived at the hospital, a team of midwives was waiting at the A&E entrance. They cut the cord and quickly escorted me upstairs to deliver the placenta.
It all seemed to happen so fast, and it’s a bit of a blur. Luna-Rae was not small either; she weighed 9lbs 9.5oz. I was fueled by adrenaline. There was an early-morning jogger in the car park, so they must have been wondering what on earth was going on. My poor partner was traumatized, and Nova had no idea what was happening, but everyone is healthy, and that’s the most important thing. Luna stayed in the hospital for six days to ensure there were no infections, and now she is back home with us. It was definitely an unforgettable experience for both of us.”