Mother gives birth to baby girl in the car while her kids look on
"It was really cool to have my baby with my husband next to me and our kids in the back seat,” said Alexis Swinney
A heavily pregnant Texas woman gave birth to her baby in a car while her other kids looked on as she couldn't reach the hospital in time. Alexis Swinney always wanted her child's birth to be an intimate family affair, but even she was not prepared for what was in store for her.
As per reports by People magazine, Alexis was sure to welcome her baby girl into the world on September 5. She had suffered labor pains all through the previous night at their McKinney house, and the next morning she and her husband, Dominique, started preparing for their baby's birth.
The duo made all the necessary arrangements, like dropping off their 7-year-old daughter at school and packing their three other sons into the family SUV to visit Alexis’ midwife before heading to the hospital. However, by the time the couple reached the midwife, Alexis was reportedly seven centimeters dilated, a clear indication that the baby was going to come sooner than they had expected.
“I was in so much pain. Once we got into the car, I was just trying to make it,” Alexis told the publication. “I know my husband kept telling me we were almost there. I was thinking, ‘Okay, let’s try to stay alive and control this pain right here.’ “
Alexis was screaming on the front seat with pain while her husband tried his best to make the 15-minute journey from the midwife's office to the hospital as soon as possible. “I wasn’t nervous at all about the car moving because I honestly didn’t feel it moving,” Alexis recalls. “My husband wasn’t driving crazy. I told him to drive a little fast, but to make sure we were safe!”
But as soon as the couple, with the three kids at the back seat, began to approach the hospital, Alexis and Dominique realized that they might not be able to make it to the birthing suite in time.
“The minute my water broke, I knew she was coming,” Alexis, who asked her husband to record the birth as it was happening, recalls. “Once her head started to come out, I got scared because I thought it was a butt — I hadn’t prepared for that. I haven’t done my research on breech births, so I panicked. But then I felt her little ear, then I pulled her out!”
And while Alexis was giving birth to her baby girl, the couple’s 3-year-old twins and their 4-year-old brother looked on at the scene in utter silence, while their faces were filled with awe as their newest sibling arrived right in front of them. “They all three stayed completely silent — I’m not sure who saw what, but we didn’t tell them to not look or anything. It definitely wasn’t on my mind!” Alexis said.
The mother-of-five also revealed that she had earlier planned to let her kids watch their sister being born at the hospital, so she wasn't alarmed with them being in the car. “My 4-year-old was actually patting my face with a blanket that was at his feet. And both our 3-year-olds first reactions were to smile, and they both said ‘baby!’” she added.
The family put up a video of the birth upon their Instagram page, and they named their newborn baby girl Corbyn Hope, just moments after welcoming her into the world. “Right after I had her, I caught my breath at the stoplight, and I turned around and I sat down and I told my husband he could slow down, that we were all fine,” she told the publication.
“It was honestly one of the most amazing things I have ever done, it was something I had always prayed about, having a birth that is uninterrupted. It was really cool to have my baby with my husband next to me and our kids in the back seat.”
After hearing about the family's incredible story, Jimmy Kimmel gifted them a new van, which was definitely a much-needed upgrade from their increasingly crowded SUV. The family has even started a GoFundMe page to help pay off the remaining balance on their SUV, which they plan to give to another family in need.
“There’s some type of plan in this all. I didn’t set out to have my birth impact so many people, but if that’s what it does, then that’s amazing,” said Alexis. “If this can inspire other women to know how strong they are, I’m all for it. Maybe it can bring a little good into this world.”