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