Alicia Thompson knew the baby was coming. An experienced mother of two young girls, Thompson was familiar with the signs of labor.
As the 24-year-old told Yahoo7 Be, when her contractions began to intensify ahead of her third baby’s arrival on October 25, she told her boyfriend, Christopher LaPoint, they had to get to the hospital.
According to Yahoo7 Be, Thompson had experienced contractions throughout the day and by evening time, they were strong and occurring more frequently.
When the couple arrived at the hospital 45 minutes away from their home in Honeoye, New York, Thompson was admitted for monitoring. By this point, her contractions were every two minutes, but her cervix was only dilated 3 centimeters.
It wasn’t enough for doctors to prepare her for labor and delivery. Thompson said:
“Because my contractions were irregular, they sent me home with Percocet to ease the pain. I was pretty upset because I knew I was in active labor.”
Percocet is a pain medication consisting of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, and oxycodone, a narcotic analgesic, according to Zocdoc. While it is not recommended to take throughout a pregnancy, it can be used on a one-time basis with proper consultation from an OB-GYN, the medical information website states.
For Thompson, since her contractions were not regular, she went home. Once there, however, the contractions quickly intensified, causing Thompson to dry-heave. Thompson knew she and her partner had to go back but there wasn’t enough time. Instead, the couple tried to make it to a hospital located nearby.
Before hitting the road, Thompson took a bathroom break. Thompson told WHAM that right as LaPoint came to check on her, she was screaming for him to call 911:
“By the time he got back into the bathroom, I was already yelling for him to call the ambulance, because her head was already out.”
In the bathroom, Thompson’s mucus plug had come out, a clear indicator of labor. Thompson explained:
“I told Christopher to get me a pad to wear for the car ride, and suddenly I felt the baby coming out.”
The couple had run out of time. Thompson said by the time LaPoint returned with the phone to call 911, she was already holding the couple’s baby:
“I yelled for Chris to call 911, and by the time he grabbed the phone and walked back to the bathroom — a few seconds — I was holding my daughter in my arms.
It was pretty scary, and I don’t remember any thoughts running through my head.
When I reached down while sitting on the toilet, I could feel my baby’s head, so I pulled her out. I don’t even remember pushing.”
Lapoint recalled to WHAM the moment he first laid eyes on his new daughter:
“She was like, ‘Call 911, because I think the baby’s coming!’ I came back in, and the baby was already breached.”
During the first (latent) stage of labor, a pregnant woman’s contractions begin and gradually become more uncomfortable, and can last around 24 hours. The second, active phase of labor, begins once contractions become regular and strong and the cervix is dilated 3 to 4 centimeters. The changes in a woman’s cervix during the early stages of labor vary and are difficult to predict, according to Family Education.
As for Thompson, although delivery was complicated, Layla Moon was born healthy at 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and 19 inches long. Mom, dad, and baby are at home and doing well.
And it turned out the three-time mom’s sudden home delivery carried on a tradition started by her own mother. Janet Mortensen told WHAM:
“When I was born, I was born in the backseat of my grandmother’s car.”
Mortensen added: “I’m just proud of her, that she did it on her own.”