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Sometimes a birth plan -- no matter how well the expecting parents are prepped -- does not go according to plan!
The Doctors discuss how one mom ended up delivering her child while in the car and the baby came out still in the amniotic sac! They explain that in this instance, the mother's water had not broken and note that this only occurs in approximately 1 in 80,000 births.
This mother did not pop the amniotic sac, which OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry says was the right thing to do as the baby was only 29 weeks and they were not at the hospital yet. The Doctors share that the baby is still in the NICU, but say he is doing well.
While Dr. Nita recommends delivering in a hospital or calling an ambulance for an early birth, she says having an emergency birth kit can help if your little bundle of joy shows up earlier than expected.
She recommends including:
1. Baby size bulb syringe
2. A bag of large under pads with plastic backing
3. Small bottle of isopropyl alcohol
4. Package of large cotton balls
5. Box of disposable plastic or latex gloves
6. White shoe laces (to tie umbilical cord)
7. Sharp scissors (to cut umbilical cord)
8. Twelve large sanitary pads
9. Chemical cold pack
10. Hot water bottle (to help keep baby warm)
11. Six disposable diapers
12. Pain pills such as Tylenol or Advil
13. Small bar of antibacterial soap
Dr. Nita says she hopes this kit never has to be used by expecting parents and reiterates to call an ambulance in case of an emergency birth. For more information on how to prepare for an emergency birth, click here.