High School Coach Returns to the Court 15 Hours After ChildbirthMeredith Carroll
Many pregnant women feel like they’re carrying around a basketball for 9 months, but one woman in particular must have really liked it.
A high school basketball coach from Austin, Texas, gave birth to a daughter last week, and 15 hours later, was back on the court with her team.
Amber Branson coached Lipan High School to a regional semifinal victory in the Texas high school basketball playoffs, gave birth, and then less than a day later returned to the bench to guide the Lady Indians to their first victory since 2003 in the Texas state tournament.
According to the Associated Press, Coach/Mommy Branson was tired and sore, yet “determined to coach her team in such a big game.”
I don’t know about too many other moms, but 15 hours after I gave birth I was zoned out on narcotics, bleeding heavily and trying to avoid coughing so as to not disturb the staples from my c-section. While I get that pioneer women and the like are up and running (sometimes literally I have a friend who ran a track meet while she was in labor) before and after birth, the case of Coach Branson still strikes me as . . . something. I’m not sure what, but it’s something alright.
How soon were you up and running (or moving) after giving birth?