Expectant Teen Mom Sent Home by Hospital Gives Birth at Convenience Store

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Strange things happen in White Hall, Illinois at 2:15 a.m…. like an expectant teen mom sent home from the hospital and giving birth on the side of the road.

Earlier this week, an expectant mom, Shyanne Madden, was sent home from St. John’s hospital when doctors told her that it was her fourth false labor alarm in a week. Her fiancé, Brenden Williamson, was driving her home with her mom and sister in the back seat but they never made it home that night.

No expectant mom’s concerns should ever be ignored. We have to be advocates for our unborn babies and/or ourselves, and this story is a testament to that fact.

Instead, Shyanne asked her mom, Tammy Robson, to call an ambulance because she couldn’t endure the pain any longer. Mom called 911 and just then they saw a cop sitting in the parking lot of a local convenience store, Casey’s General Store. They pulled in to get help.

Meanwhile, Shyanne simply could not take it any longer. She felt like she had to go to the bathroom. Which any woman who has ever given birth can attest to the fact that the urge to bear down is actually your body’s signal that its “PUSH” or go time.  

But who knows that the first time?

Shyanne's mother, having given birth, realized just in the nick of time what was happening and urged her daughter into the back seat of the car. What happened next is a cautionary tale for all expectant moms; just as she got into the back seat, feeling the baby between her legs, she pushed and out came Leeum Williamson, weighing 6 pounds and 4 ounces. Grandma delivered her grandson between the gas pumps at Casey’s general store.

This was one of my biggest fears when I was pregnant both times, but especially the first time. As a first time mom, you have no idea what labor pains feel like. Every woman’s labor is different, as is every mother’s pain threshold. I was having Braxton Hicks contractions for a month before I went into have my daughter and didn’t realize what they were. They didn’t hurt, I only felt my stomach tightening into a hard ball. I was 5 centimeters dilated and I still had to be induced, have my water broke, and given Pitocin to get my babies out.

For my first pregnancy, I had no idea what labor pains felt like, so by the time I asked for the epidural, I was in transition labor. By the time I got it, I was ready to push. Worst pain ever. I can’t imagine it happening on the side of the road. This is the very reason I always said I’d refuse to leave once I was in labor. Luckily, my doctors induced, so I never had to worry about being sent home.

This seems to be a fairly common experience, hospitals and doctors send first-time expectant mothers home or downplay her fears because they assume that due to the fact that she has not been in labor before, that she is not in tune with her body or the process to know when she is in labor. It might be true that we don’t know what it feels like to be “in labor,” but we know when something doesn’t feel right. No expectant mom’s concerns should ever be ignored. We have to be advocates for our unborn babies and/or ourselves, and this story is a testament to that fact.

Were you ever sent home with false labor?

 

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Expectant Teen Mom Sent Home by Hospital Gives Birth at Convenience Store

Deborah Cruz, @TruthfulMommy, is the creator of The TRUTH about Motherhood, an often humorous and brutally honest look at motherhood. She's a writer, a wife, and a work-at-home Mommy who's trying to do it all well. She live in the Midwest with her 2 little girls and her husband. She has a lot of degrees from a bunch of schools but mostly spends her days shuttling people under the age of 7, while trying to maintain her sanity and she wouldn't have it any other way. She talks a lot. She ... More

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15 comments

  1. Christine says:

    I was sent home with “false labor”. About ten minutes after leaving the hospital while driving down the highway, my water broke. By the time I got back to the hospital I was already five cm dilated. I kinda felt like the doctor blew me off because I knew something was going on.

  2. alex says:

    sometimes I think hospital staff is really stupid. I went in with contractions and they told me I was dehydrated and that they were going to give me fluids and I told them I don’t need fluids I’m not dehydrated so they tested my urine and they said I wasn’t dehydrated so then they gave me a shot stop early contractions.then when I was in real labor with my son they had to try the epidural like 20 times and kept messing up then three different nurses told me that I was pushing wrong and couldn’t figure out that my son was face up and they kept telling me to push harder if they would have called the doctor inmy son would have snapped his neck from me pushing so hard and him hitting my pelvic bone once the doctor was in there my son was out in 5 minutes 3 hours of pushing was wasted.
    in there he was out in 10 minutes but the nurses decided to wait 3 hours call the doctor in.it made me so mad it made my first experience horrible.

  3. Megan says:

    I got sent home twice. I was in labor and dilating but since they were full and I wasn’t dilated very much they kept sending me home. It was with my first and I was super frustrated and in a lot of pain but no one would do anything about it until I was admitted.

  4. Michelle says:

    Two weeks before I had my son I started having contractions. No more then one every few days. I was told by other moms it was Braxton hicks, but they were wrong. I was slowly dialating as well. It was a bit scary because I didn’t know what was going on. Then the doctor would tell me I had dialated, but not enough that he thought the baby was ready to come. Each time I had a contraction it would, weirdly, be the day before an appointment. Finally after two weeks of this he sent me to the hospital to have labor induced. Even after that it took another 12 hours before I had displayed enough for them to break my water, and another four or five before he was born. I’m not positive how many hours of pushing because I was so exhausted I fell asleep after each push. They had hooked me up to a blood pressure machine while waiting for me to dilate enough to break my water. It went off every half hour for the twelve hours I was waiting after induction and prevented me from sleeping through an otherwise easy labor. Seriously my contractions were so mild I barely felt most of them.

  5. Emily says:

    I was sent home four times with false labor with my first. Once the real thing started though, there was no mistaking it.

  6. Heather says:

    I was actually brought in to the hospital by one of the doctors in my practice (not my regular dr- should have been a clue), and was induced on Thursday. I was then sent home on Saturday, because the induction didn’t work, and the other doctors, and my midwife, questioned why I was in there to begin with. So I went home on Saturday, checked back in on Monday night, and had my son by Tuesday night. I was so terrified I was going to give birth in between hospital stays! I definitely learned to trust my gut instinct, and stand up for myself. Doctors don’t always know everything!

  7. mommameg13 says:

    I was lucky…I got sent home but luckily I had my due date appointment later that day! The thing that saved me was living an hour from the hospital so we didnt go home. We went to get some breakfast and went to my appointment where my Dr. couldnt believe that they discharged me in the first place.

  8. jessica says:

    wow but if it were me I would of refused to leave the hospital

  9. Chasity says:

    With my last child, baby # 2, I was actually in labor for almost 2 months…..I did get sent home but only after they gave me some kind of shot to stop the contractions that made me feel like I was on a caffine high…..I think eventhough the baby might be deamed “pre-term”…if your body is trying to get the baby out, its time for the baby to come out

  10. Tonya says:

    When I was pregnant with my 4th son I went to the hospital in labor but because my labor pains was not strong enough to bring him into the world and I was still 50% they were not going to induce me and take a chance on the cord wrapping around his neck. I was dialated to a 7 yes I said a 7 and was sent home. I walked the floors all night it was not until the next afternoon that I had him at 2:15 pm weighing in at 9lbs 4oz and 21 in long. I was in labor from 3:15 Friday morning til 215 Saturday afternoon.

  11. Tina says:

    Holy cow this is a crazy story! So glad that the baby and the mother made it through the labor alright. I really hope something like this doesn’t happen to me. So far I feel like my hospital is excellent so hopefully I won’t have to worry about this. Thank god the hospital is only 10 mins. from my house that’s if I’m home when I need to go in.

  12. laura says:

    Definitely a fear of mine, being a first time mom you clearly don’t know what to expect. Also another reason I’m considering a home birth.

  13. I’ve been sent home while in labor with EACH of my children. I never left though. I would walk around and usually an hour later give birth.
    Good thing her mom caught on! Will make for a great story later on 🙂

  14. Rozie says:

    I would be really upset if I was sent home and was in labor.

  15. Phammom says:

    That’s crazy but its good her mo was there. It’s scary for a first time mom.

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