Moments The Baby Is In A Hurry To Be Born When Woman Giving Birth In The Car Park

“I shouted to my husband, who was in the car, waiting for us to get in: ‘Love, come here, run!’ My biggest fear was that he wouldn’t witness the moment our son was born. He stayed behind me, holding me, while I pushed and Amanda held the baby. Roberta was close by too, but she had moved a little to the side so that my husband could stay with me, with us. In three pushes, our son was born.”

Anna Carolina da Costa Avelheda Bandeira, 40, spoke in an interview about the moment her son, Arthur, arrived in the world in the parking lot of the building where she lived. 10 months after that day, the photos of the exact moment the baby was born, captured by the lens of photographer Graziele Pereira, attracted attention around the world. The mother of the smiling and playful Arthur said that she got pregnant at 29 years old, and the entire pregnancy was very peaceful, with only the classic sʏᴍᴘᴛᴏᴍs of nausea in the first trimester, swelling in the legs, and tiredness, especially in the last months of pregnancy.

She said:” I worked until I was 39 weeks old. It was Valentine’s Day, we had celebrated our wedding anniversary on Monday, so we went out for lunch. ” The next day, Anna woke up with some ᴄʀᴀᴍᴘs. The plan for that day was to take the opportunity to finish organizing her little room and the things she and her partner would take to the hospital.  Anna spent the whole night in a lot of ᴘᴀɪɴ, getting up every ten minutes, as the ᴘᴀɪɴ got worse when she went to bed. That’s when the nurse, Amanda Bento, asked if she could do a touch exam. She said: ” We went to my room and I was already 7 cm dilated, we could go to the hospital, but my husband still hadn’t gotten home from work. While waiting, I went to take a hot shower. I spent about ten to fifteen minutes inside, which helped to minimize the ᴘᴀɪɴ I was feeling, but I had to leave because the water ʙʀᴏᴋᴇ.”

When they were all at the side of the car, with the door already open for them to get in, Anna had another contraction and shouted to the nurse: “It won’t work, he’s being born!” She didn’t believe it, but she came to examine it and, in fact, he was already crowning. “I shouted to my husband, who was in the car, waiting for us to get in: ‘Love, come here, run!’ My biggest fear was that he wouldn’t witness the moment our son was born. He stayed behind me, holding me, while I pushed and Amanda held the baby. Roberta was close by too, but she had moved a little to the side so that my husband could stay with me, with us. In three pushes, our son was born,” she recalls.

A mixture of feelings took care of Anna in those moments: there was concern because they were far from the hospital and did not have a home birth team to help the mother or baby in case of any . Anna said:” It was my husband and I, our photographer, our doula and our nurse. Amanda, who is a midwife, reassured us that everything was fine with me and the baby. And an immense happiness and gratitude took over me, for having managed to bring our son into the world in his time. Then came relief, because with his birth, the ᴘᴀɪɴ and ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴs ended. He was born ruddy, all wrinkled and full of the vernix, crying and showing what he came for. On the way to the hospital, he was already breastfeeding. I was fine too, thank God.”

Anna says she never even thought that this would happen to her, especially since she always thought she wouldn’t even be able to resist the ᴘᴀɪɴs of childbirth. She said:” I have always dreamed of a normal birth, but although it was not ᴛʀᴀᴜᴍᴀᴛɪᴄ, it is an experience I would not want to have if it were not extremely necessary. At the beginning of the pregnancy, I even talked to my husband about home birth, but he did not accept the idea, he said he thought it was too ʀɪsᴋʏ. I, deep down, thought so too, so I didn’t take that possibility any further.”

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