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Mother Gives Birth In Shop Doorway After Hospital Sends Her Away

The streets of Bristol, England

I’ve reported on a lot of strange places women have given birth. Cars are old hat, at this point. But a tree? Now you’re talking. An airplane. A lifeboat. I’ve read about all those.

But I had yet to hear about someone giving birth right in the doorway of a shop. But, as The Huffington Post reports, 35-year-old Sarah Plews, eight days overdue with her second daughter, gave birth in a shop doorway after midwives sent her out for lunch.

Plews had been having contractions and tried to check into St. Michael’s hospital in Bristol, England earlier in the day. But staff assessed her, told her she was not immediately due and should go get some lunch.

The minute she got to a nearby cafe, Plews and her husband realized the baby wanted to make an appearance. She told the Evening Post, “I felt the baby coming and me and my husband tried to make it back to the hospital, but we didn’t quite make it… On the way back the baby was coming out. My husband sat me in a doorway and that’s where I gave birth.”

Midwives came rushing out of the nearby hospital that had just turned her away and Sarah Plews and 6lb 13oz. newborn baby Ivy were taken by wheelchair back to the maternity unit.

Talk about an epic I told you so.

“I did sort of say ‘Told you so’ to the midwives. But I found it all quite funny and not at all horrifying,” Plews said.

I’m thinking that’s the perfect childbirth. You’re two seconds from the hospital in case anything goes wrong – but think of all the money Sarah saved on labor and delivery bills! Brilliant.

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