Weird Winter Birth News

So far, 2014 has been an eventful year for births. In just the last couple of weeks we’ve seen everything from a baby born in a sub-zero driveway to identical triplets to a mom who gave birth while in a coma.

• Though Darshay Jones of Birmingham, Alabama wasn’t due to give birth until Valentine’s Day, nature had other plans. But when Jones realized the baby was coming NOW–more than two weeks ahead of schedule–nature was also working on a winter storm that caused the ambulance to crash on its way to her home. It was then up to Jones, her boyfriend, and the level-headed guidance of a 911 dispatcher to bring a baby girl into the world. Though the operator had never talked a woman through labor before, it went smoothly; mom and her unintentionally home-birthed baby girl are doing just fine. And the baby’s name? Wynter, of course.

• Another weather-influenced birth, in Gray, Maine, saw a baby arrive just as her parents were packing up to head to the hospital in 10-degree below temps. According to an AP story, the woman delivered her healthy, 7-pound, 5-ounce girl on the second contraction, leaning on the car’s seat. “Her husband, who was inside the house getting a bag to take to the hospital, came out to hear a baby crying.” Woah! Mom and baby are doing well–and have an awesome story to tell.

• In get-your-flu-shot news, a 19-year-old woman, Abigail Unruh, was seven months pregnant when she collapsed from symptoms related to H1N1. When she arrived at the hospital, doctors put her into a coma to save her life. Two days later, she went into labor–naturally. Docs didn’t think she would survive a C-section, so they went with it and her healthy baby boy made his way into the world at 7 pounds. Mom did not awaken until two weeks later but is now recovering nicely and getting to know her sweet boy.

• Less than a week ago, a pair of Seattle parents really got into the Superbowl spirit by naming their child, wait for it… Cydnee Leigh 12th Mann–after the “boisterous” cheering section for the Seattle Seahawks football team. Go, Seahawks! And go, girl with a name to live down on playgrounds forever more! Hopefully the name gives her the courage to do just that.

• One mom in California gave birth to identical triplets–which are apparently incredibly rare, occurring in one in every million or so pregnancies. They came to be without any fertility treatments and were born six weeks early. One boy had to have intestinal surgery at birth, but all are doing well now.


• In other adorable triplet news, a mama lion at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. gave birth last week to three sweet cubs, one of whom died at birth. The other two, though, are thriving and all will be back in the public view this spring. Meow!

Any amazing birth stories to share? Shout ’em out in the comments below!