Woman delivers her own baby on the side of the road while her kids wait in the car

Heather Skaats of Kentucky gave birth on the side of the road on Sunday as her five other kids sat in the car.

Skaats,34, explained that she was getting small contractions before they left, so she believed she had time to run an errand, noting that her due date was three weeks away and that she labored for hours with her earlier children.

She didn’t think she would hold a kid in her arms until eight or 10 hours later. Skaats’ contractions unexpectedly became stronger and closer together, indicating that labor had started.

Skaats carefully returned to the van, the baby still tied to her placenta inside her body, where her kids, Kaelynn, 13, Aneleigh, 11, Austin, 6, Luke, 3, and Alyssa, 2, were ready to meet their new sibling. Skaats and her husband also have a daughter named Leilah, who died of cancer when she was four years old in 2016.

Skaats explained, she covered him in a blanket and drove with him close to her chest. She believes the youngsters were taken aback. They were rather quiet.

Skaats delivered her placenta in the shower with the aid of her 13-year-old daughter, Kaelynn, once they arrived at the residence. Skaat’s midwife came soon after. Skaats explained, they had to pick the grass off him.

She assumes having previous home deliveries taught her to trust her body, Skaats explained, explaining how she was able to remain calm. Knowing the procedure was quite beneficial for her

Skaats and her husband are currently brainstorming names for their new addition to the family. They’re thinking about naming him Porter or Wolf, after streets near where he was born.

Well, I had another wonderful water birth planned at home just as I had in the past. That didn't go as planned. I was…

Posted by Heather Skaats on Sunday, 15 May 2022

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