Unusual Birth: Deliveries by dads, dispatchers on the rise in Oklahoma
MUSTANG, Okla. – Meet Kingsley, Berkeley and sweet Laura Belle are just a few of the babies born last year in the Sooner State.
Besides being absolutely adorable, they were all born outside of a hospital.
Berkeley met the world at a Mustang Wal-Mart with the help of dispatchers.
Kingsley was born on the side of the road in Edmond.
Laura Belle was born at home in the bathroom and was breach to boot.
So, what’s the story behind the increase in roadside and non-hospital births?
Well, it’s actually a multitude of things.
According to EMSA and Oklahoma City dispatch, they received 626 pregnancy calls in 2012.
In 2013, they received 862.
The Centers for Disease Control say there has been a 20 percent spike in deliveries outside the hospital.
David Davis, with EMSA, says one reason is the drive time.
Davis said, “As the city has grown and people have moved out to more rural areas, it has become more difficult to make it to the hospital.”
Colin Johnson, Kingsley’s dad, says an increase in traffic is to blame for his birth place.
Johnson said, “There was a little sense of panic trying to fight through Edmond traffic to get there.”
Doctors like Michelle Halsell, from OU Medical Center, say wanting to labor in the comfort of home is a growing trend.
That was the case for Laura Belle’s mom, Victoria Bartels.
Bartels said, “Our first one took a long time and it was all in the hospital and uncomfortable a little bit. This time, we really purposed to stay at home in a relaxing, comfortable environment for as long as possible. Then when things are about to get happening, well okay, we’ll go then.”
While there are benefits to staying at home, mothers and babies could experience some complications.
Doctors say the baby could suffer respiratory distress and the mother could suffer from hemorrhaging.
Dr. Halsell warns against taking chances.
She said, “If you think that you’re in labor, the worst thing that’s going to happen is we’re going to send you home.”
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