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The 14 Minute Baby

Three and a half weeks early with my oldest, 10 days late with my second, I had no idea when my third baby would arrive. And I really had no idea that she’d arrive in 14 minutes.

The Incredible True Story of the 14 Minute Baby

I woke up in pain around 4:00 in the morning a few days before my baby girl was due. However, you’re always in pain at the end of pregnancy, and why should this morning be any different. I woke up in pain again at 5:00am. This time something clicked; it must be labor. So I hopped (waddled?) into the shower. I didn’t want to head to the hospital if I wasn’t actually in labor, I’d made that mistake three times with my second baby. I downloaded a timing app (modern labor!) and prepared to lap the waves. The contractions were two minute apart within about 5 minutes. I got out of the shower and called my midwife, who asked me several questions (that I could barely answer) and told me to get to the hospital. I could barely speak a word. The contractions were less than a minute apart, if that. I could barely get dressed, in fact I had to have my husband help. I didn’t even have time to put in my contacts.

We rushed in the early morning light to the hospital, twenty minutes away. I shut my eyes and clutched the arm handles. There were no words at this point, just waves and waves of contractions. We pulled up to the hospital and they whisked me up to labor and delivery within a minute. The nurses tried to get me to lie back and get checked–I was having none of it. “Did you want pain medication?” A nurse asked me, wheeling me to the labor room.

“No,” I breathed out.

“Oh good,” she said, relieved, “Because you couldn’t have had any.”

I stood next to the side of the bed, the nurse showing my husband how to push on my lower back to reduce the pain–it really helped. And that’s when I remembered, “If I push…this will all be over!”

I pushed and my water broke. The midwife pulled me onto the bed. I pushed and she yelped, “STOP! Go slower!” I pushed three teeny, tiny pushes and my daughter was born. 14 minutes from the time we pulled into the hospital until I was holding her in my arms.

For the next day the midwives, doctors, and nurses would stop by my room so they could meet the 14 minute baby. I have a feeling that she’ll be rushing everywhere, full force, for the rest of her life.

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  1. Rachelle 03/29/2016 at 1:39 am

    With my first, labor was 55 hours (from the time my water broke), including 1.5 hours of pushing. I came to the hospital fully-dilated, but it took a while… With my second, labor was ~5 hours (this time, water broke en route to the hospital). The time from entering the L&D room (skipped triage) to delivery was 7 minutes. (Check in was a painfully slow 10 minutes or so, I may have just delivered if I wasn’t embarrassed in front of the ER waiting room…) Nurses joked – “you couldn’t have come in with only 2 minutes to spare?”

  2. Lisa 02/09/2016 at 6:52 am

    We didn’t make it to the hospital. I woke up at 2:30AM and she was born in the truck at 2:45AM.

  3. Carol Stevenson 01/28/2016 at 5:53 pm

    my third baby arrived in 20 minutes, my husband just caught her before she landed on the bedroom floor and the midwife, arrived 10 minutes after she was born too cut the cord and weigh her, 7ld 12oz.

  4. Emily 01/20/2016 at 1:00 pm

    Wow, someone that understands. My first came 4 weeks early. #2 came 3 weeks early and in 15 minuts. Walked around all day at work with no idea the cramps I was having off and on (I planted my garden over the weekend) were contractions. Pulled into the hospital parking lot for my appointment (I was early) at 2:50. had a painful contraction. Called my husband to let him know to bring a bag for the 2 year old. Water broke in the hallway, was rushed to L&D and baby boy #2 was born at 3:05. Didn’t even have my clothes off. Husband and the 2 year old got there 30 minutes after he was born. (we lived about 30 min from the hospital)

  5. Lynda 12/14/2015 at 7:02 am

    I experienced that with my first! I arrived to the hospital at 8AM and he was born at 8:23AM! He was a celebrity that day!

  6. Andrea 09/12/2015 at 2:39 pm

    Same experience with my 3rd…in at 6:33 born at 6:41….all docs and nurses said that was the quickest labor ever witnessed by all of them

  7. Melandie 09/02/2015 at 8:19 am

    Had the same experience with my 3rd baby! was also ‘n girl… went to hospital at 14:15 and she was born at about 14:35… hospital room was not even ready, no doctor no nurse!!!

  8. Linda Schultz 07/12/2015 at 9:05 pm

    GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY !!!!!!!!!!!