Siobhan and her husband Bryan heeded their doctor’s advice not to rush or panic when Siobhan’s water broke at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning. At 39 weeks pregnant with twins, everything should be fine. They left their Amityville, NY house at 7 a.m.
“You’d better not give birth on the Northern State Parkway,” Siobhan’s mother joked as they left.
Instead, she gave birth on two other Long Island highways — Southern State Parkway and Wantagh State Parkway, reports ABC News.
A few minutes after pulling onto Southern State Parkway, Siobhan said she felt a big contraction, and suddenly felt the baby’s head. She told Bryan he was going to have to deliver the twins right there on the side of the road.
“She kept screaming, ‘The babies are coming,’” Bryan told ABC News. “I was like, ‘I think we have time to at least get to the hospital.’”
Not so much. Note to dads: when your wife is screaming that the babies are coming, they. are. coming.
Eventually, Bryan caved to the screaming, and they pulled over at an exit.
Once EMTs arrived, Siobhan told them she couldn’t move from the car because she was “holding the baby in,” but they didn’t believe her because even most emergency births aren’t immediate, she said.
Um, is there some reason EMTs wouldn’t believe a woman who is saying she can feel the baby’s head?
“As soon as I moved, he came out,” she laughed. “He was born at 7:35 in the open air.” Gavin was 6 pounds, 12 ounces.
Going forward, let’s all agree to listen to the mama, shall we?
“They were helping her out of the car and into the stretcher and that’s when Gavin was born,” said Bryan. “Born right there on Southern State Parkway.”
Once Gavin was delivered, EMTs got Siobhan and the baby into the ambulance, to drive to the nearest hospital in time for her second son to be delivered. Bryan got back in his car and followed the ambulance, calling his brother-in-law to himself calm down.
Less than 10 minutes later, the ambulance pulled over on Wantagh State Parkway. Confused, Bryan jumped out of the car. EMTs told him “baby number two” was coming, and let him in the back door of the ambulance. At 7:46 a.m. Declan was born at 5 pounds, 15 ounces.
“I sat right behind her,” he said. “It was an unbelievable experience.”
They walked into the Nassau University Medical Center with both babies in hand, says ABC News. I’m hoping Siobhan was actually wheeled in. Because I don’t think you should have to walk into a hospital after delivering twins 11 minutes apart on the highway.
“We were just in shock,” Siobhan said. “I’m still in shock that it happened. I can’t believe I was able to do that.” She said the scariest part was that she knew she had to give birth naturally, even though she’d thought that she needed an epidural before she even left the house.
Siobhan, Gavin, and Declan will be able to go home Friday to be with Dad and their big brother, Dylan.
(Photo Credit: ABC News)
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