Mom Birth Path Train Husband Passenger
January 18, 2012 by staff
Mom Birth Path Train Husband Passenger, Here’s a riddle for you: A train leaves the station with 100 passengers but arrives at the next stop with 101. How is this possible?
Passengers on a PATH commuter train from New Jersey to New York got the answer yesterday, when a 31-year-old woman gave birth to a baby boy en route to a doctor’s appointment in the city.
Rabita Sarkar of Harrison, N.J., had been feeling contraction-like pains but didn’t think they were real because she wasn’t due to give birth yet. She was on her way to get checked out at Manhattan’s Roosevelt Hospital when the pains began to come more quickly and the baby’s head started to crown.
PATH officials turned the train into an express, but Sarkar couldn’t wait. With help from another woman on the train – and encouragement from several fellow riders – her husband delivered the healthy baby boy at around 10 a.m. Passengers rallied around both mother and son, with one little girl even offering her jacket to keep the baby warm and protected from the 30 degree chill outside.
“That’s our biggest concern,” said Sgt. Mike Barry, one of the police officers who appeared on the scene to escort the family to a hospital. “We know that baby’s body temperature is going to drop like a rock.”
The good news, experts say, is that when a birth happens as quickly as Sarkar’s did, it’s usually a sign that everything is going well – except in the case of preterm labor (labor that occurs before the 37th week of pregnancy). In fact, one of the best things you can do during an unplanned delivery is to go with the flow and let nature run its course. Here are a few other tips to keep in mind if you have to give birth without your doctor or midwife:
Don’t panic. Keep calm, keep the mother calm, and, if possible, call for help. Emergency dispatchers or your doctor can help walk you through the birthing process if you’re unable to get to a hospital.
Mother knows best. A woman’s body is her best guide during labor. If she feels the urge to push, encourage her to do so – gently so as to avoid tearing or injury.
Make sure the baby can breathe. Look to see if the umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck; if it is, gently lift the cord over his head or loosen it so his body can slip through the loop. After the baby is born, place him on the mother’s torso, skin to skin, and stroke his back until you can be certain he’s taking deep breaths. (Crying is also a good sign that the baby is getting enough air.)
Wait for the placenta. Labor isn’t over just because the baby is born. About 10 minutes after a woman delivers her child, she’ll also deliver the placenta, or afterbirth, which will be accompanied by some moderately heavy bleeding. The American College of Nurse-Midwives recommends stroking the mother’s stomach to slow the bleeding and keeping the placenta in a bag or container to take with you to the hospital or birth center.
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