Woman gives birth to baby boy in car

2011-07-07 00:00

HILTON mother Tracy Parker (33) is still astonished that she gave birth in the front seat of her Mahindra Scorpio vehicle on Saturday.

“This is one of the things that you tell people not to try at home,” she laughed.

Parker gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Simon, who was due to be delivered today, according to the ultrasound scan.

Affectionately holding Simon close at their Hilton home yesterday, she told The Witness that Saturday was just a normal day for her and her family.

Her husband of three years, Rory, woke up in the morning and did the garden and in the afternoon they went to a local grocery store.

But later, she started having minor contractions, but did not think much of them.

“I just had minor contractions but it was not serious. It felt like period pains. When I had my two-year-old daughter, my doctor told me that you’ll know when it’s time. That’s why I wasn’t worried,” she said.

She said the contractions were not severe, but little did she know that the little warrior inside her tummy was fighting to come out that day.

“Around 5.15 pm I took a bath, but then the pains started again. I was bit worried because I thought it was too early,” she added.

That is when she and her husband drove to Medi-Clinic Hospital. On their way, her waters broke just after Old Howick Road.

When they arrived at the hospital parking lot Rory rushed inside the hospital shrieking, “The baby is coming. My wife is in labour. Bring the wheel chair”.

This was because the pains had got worse and she was not able to walk.

When the nurses and Rory got to the vehicle it was too late.

Parker was already holding her new born baby in her hands.

“Really, I was shocked. It was so quick. I felt the baby coming and I just pushed four times before it was out completely,” she said.

Rory said he was “frantic”.

The doctor cut the umbilical cord in the vehicle.

Both of them expressed how lucky they are that there were no complications and that the cord was not around their son’s neck.

The mother of two said she was just shaking like a leaf.

“The nurses kept on asking me if I was cold,” she said and added that the doctors told her that it is rare for women to deliver their own babies.

Baby Simon weighs 3,14kg and did not cry once when The Witness paid them a visit. The couple said the nurses and doctor at Medi-Clinic “were fantastic”.

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