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Teen delivers baby herself then walks to hospital

post #1 of 15
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http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/05/04/tee...ef=mpstoryview
Amazing!! A 17yo had her baby at home in the bathroom, then wrapped the baby and walked/jogged to the hospital The cord was still attached to the baby...And the baby was 8#3oz...How she made it all that way without delivering the placenta is also mindboggling. And she didn't wake the neighbors up for a ride because it was too early in the a.m. Also, there was no home phone to call 911.
One tough chickie
post #2 of 15
Wow! That is totally amazing!
post #3 of 15
I don't think it was a big deal at all. It was four blocks, wow.
anyone could have done it.

People are acting like this teenager is some kind of a hero, she is NOT
post #4 of 15
Women are amazing creatures.
post #5 of 15
I don't understand what is so amazing about getting pregnant while you are in High School, keeping it a secret for nine months from your Mother, getting NO pre-natal care and giving birth in a shower.

People are lauding her as a hero because she got her baby to safety and didn't throw it in a dumpster like many do. It is a sad state of things that people are made out to be a hero for doing the right thing, it should be expected.
post #6 of 15
Well, I don't know her whole situation or why she was afraid of her mother so I can't judge her. But in the end she did the right thing and went to the hospital so kudos to her.

Tricia
post #7 of 15
Why is it a bad thing to give recognition to a girl who did the right thing? Most of the time, all we hear about are teens (and those of every age) who make stupid choices and do the wrong thing.

Frankly, at 17, giving birth by yourself would be terrifying, and for her to have the state of mind to wrap up the baby and walk herself to the hospital should be commended. Is she a hero? No. But there's no reason why she shouldn't be given the kudos she does deserve for making the right choices. As Tricia said, we don't know why she was in a situation where she felt she had to hide the pregnancy - maybe she was in an abusive home, or had been threatened to be kicked out of the house if she came home pregnant, or who knows what else... Regardless, not having any help at all, and still making the right choice at her age with such a major thing as another person's life should get her recognition. I'd rather that than give 15 minutes of fame to some idiot kid who makes a hit list, or throws away a baby, or gets busted for something else.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
Why is it a bad thing to give recognition to a girl who did the right thing? Most of the time, all we hear about are teens (and those of every age) who make stupid choices and do the wrong thing.

Frankly, at 17, giving birth by yourself would be terrifying, and for her to have the state of mind to wrap up the baby and walk herself to the hospital should be commended. Is she a hero? No. But there's no reason why she shouldn't be given the kudos she does deserve for making the right choices. As Tricia said, we don't know why she was in a situation where she felt she had to hide the pregnancy - maybe she was in an abusive home, or had been threatened to be kicked out of the house if she came home pregnant, or who knows what else... Regardless, not having any help at all, and still making the right choice at her age with such a major thing as another person's life should get her recognition. I'd rather that than give 15 minutes of fame to some idiot kid who makes a hit list, or throws away a baby, or gets busted for something else.
Yes, culturally, she was at great risk of being disowned by her family. Yes, maybe premarital sex is wrong, but how many divorced people do we know (sadly, I can count myself among them) who have sex with someone outside of marriage. so, I applaud her courage to do what she could to help her baby and "face the music" when her family found out.
Besides, technically she was still in childbirth, since the placenta had not yet delivered, so the cramps during the walk would have been daunting....Shows the strength of the maternal instinct in seeking help for her baby
post #9 of 15
There are women in some cultures that squat, give birth, put the baby in a sling and continue working. Big deal that this girl walked to the hospital. She has completed her biological purpose. I hope she gives this child up for adoption to someone who has sense enough to care for it.
Cats give birth 6 or 7 at the time.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
I don't understand what is so amazing about getting pregnant while you are in High School, keeping it a secret for nine months from your Mother, getting NO pre-natal care and giving birth in a shower.

People are lauding her as a hero because she got her baby to safety and didn't throw it in a dumpster like many do. It is a sad state of things that people are made out to be a hero for doing the right thing, it should be expected.
I totally agree with you. Period.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
I don't understand what is so amazing about getting pregnant while you are in High School, keeping it a secret for nine months from your Mother, getting NO pre-natal care and giving birth in a shower.

People are lauding her as a hero because she got her baby to safety and didn't throw it in a dumpster like many do. It is a sad state of things that people are made out to be a hero for doing the right thing, it should be expected.
As unreal as it seems, it could be that she didn't know she was pregnant. A girl at work finally went to the doctor a few weeks ago because she just hadn't felt right and kept putting on weight. She thought it was her thyroid or something because she continued to get her period. Here, she found out she was pregnant and DUE IN 6 WEEKS! She had NO idea because this is her first and she didn't recognize the signs. Also, my husband told me one of his best friend's sister went to the emergency room one night because she had terrible cramps and found out she was in labor. She didn't know either. When you haven't been pregnant before it's hard to tell if you still get your Aunt Flo every month.

So, you never know...it could have taken her completely by surprise.
post #12 of 15
Shoot, I would have woke the neighbor up.
post #13 of 15
She knew she was pregnant. She said she was afraid to tell her mother.
Her mother is supporting her and they are going to raise the baby. Sounds like she really had a reason to be afraid.

Excuses, excuses, nothing like enabling.
post #14 of 15
I was afraid to tell my father I was pregnant with my first son because of threats he made. In fact I packed up moved out of state then called him and told. He accepts my son now, for the most part, but it was still terrifying to have to tell him that. So ya depending on what her mom has told her over the years I can see why she was afraid. At least she did not dump the paper in the trash or kill it because she was afraid. So yeah for that I give her props.

And for that reason (kids hiding pregnancies and so forth) parents need to stop with the threats of throwing kids out, beating them or worse as a way of keeping kids from having sex. Kids will have sex period. And if you make threats like that kids will hide the pregnancy, try to force an abortion on themselves, kill the baby once born, dump the baby in the trash etc...because they are to afraid to tell their parents because of the threats they have made towards the child.

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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
She knew she was pregnant. She said she was afraid to tell her mother.
Her mother is supporting her and they are going to raise the baby. Sounds like she really had a reason to be afraid.

Excuses, excuses, nothing like enabling.
post #15 of 15
Oh and BTW when I say the most part I just mean he has never said anything bad about him. In the 11 years since I had him my father has never asked to see, has never asked to see a picture, never asks how he is. In his mind its something that just never happened. So yeah as I said I can see why she would be afraid to tell.
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