One mother gave birth to her child while her five children waited for her in the car.
Heather Skaats was originally from Kentucky and had her baby three weeks early. She said, “Before we left I was having light labors, so I thought that I would have enough time to run an errand.” Because of the births of her other children (Kaelynn, 13, Aneleigh 11, Austin, 6, Luke 3, and Alyssa 2, it was expected labor would take longer.
Skaats stated, “I thought that I wouldn’t have the ability to hold my baby for eighteen or ten hours.” Skaats noticed her contractions getting stronger and closer together, which indicated that labor was beginning. Skaats claims that she drove faster to have a waterbirth at home. It was obvious that she would not have enough time.
Skaats stated, “I stopped my van, told the children everything was fine, then got out and had another baby.” Mums also shared that Skaats claimed, “I got out from the car, walked to other side’s grass and literally had another baby.”
It happened so quickly. Nick and I were talking over the phone and twenty seconds later I said, “He is here!” As she drove home, the baby was still attached. She stated, “I wrapped him in a blanket and kept him close to me as I drove.” The children were shocked. They didn’t speak much.
Skaats stated, “He started crying as soon he was born. And when he opened his eyes to look at me and saw that I was there, it was really fun.” She gave birth in the shower to her placenta with the help of her 13 year-old daughter, Kaelynn. Skaat’s midwives arrived within 10 minutes to assist her.
Skaats had six children previously and said that “Knowing what was expected helped a lot.” Her husband and their daughter Leilah had a daughter. Leilah, who was just four years old, died from cancer.
Skaats and her partner are trying to find a name for their baby. He could be named Porter or Wolf, after the street where he was born.