The amazing Anne Hartert with her daughters Adeline (3.5 years) and Charlotte (10 months). Anne had healthy pregnancies with both of her girls. Her water broke around 37 weeks, and she labored at home with Adeline for several hours before calling her mom, her labor support, to come over to assist her. She was in touch with her midwife and when she realized that she couldn't speak through her contractions, asked her to come into the hospital right away. Once she got there, through heavy contractions, her daughter was born within 30 minutes. While it was fast, it was incredibly painful, and Anne was alarmed with the process. She was able to initiate breastfeeding with a little assistance from a lactation consultant and Addie nursed for 20 months. Anne did everything she could to protect herself for her second birth. Even though she had moved, she chose to stick with the same provider because she trusted in her care and made sure to have a plan and a doula to help. She started having contractions a couple of weeks before term and went straight to the hospital, fearful that her second daughter would come as quickly as the first. The hospital's labor and delivery unit was very busy and her doctor wasn't on that evening. Even though she was 5cms dilated and having regular, strong, consistent contractions, she was sent home and told that she wasn't in true labor. She was told not to consider coming back until her contractions were so strong that she couldn't speak through them. After leaving, Anne's labor stalled out but ramped back up and continued through the evening and the following day. Several times, she thought that she should absolutely head to the hospital but because she could still speak through her contractions, stayed home to continue to labor. Her doctor had told her that she would be on the following day and that she would break her waters if they hadn't already ruptured naturally. That evening, she called the hospital and was finally told to come in right away. She made a quick bathroom stop before heading out, and her water broke. As her husband raced them to the hospital, she felt the urge to push. She called her doula who told her to blow out through contractions and try to wait to push, but there was nothing Anne could do. Just as her husband pulled the car onto the 101 freeway, her daughter was born into her hands in the moving vehicle. As she pulled Charlotte up to her chest, she saw that the cord was wrapped around her neck, she was blue and not breathing. They were able to unwrap her cord and finally get her to start crying. As they arrived at the hospital, the team was able to meet them at the car, they cut Charlotte's cord, whisked her away, and wheeled Anne in separately. While everything was okay with each of them, the entire experience was absolutely terrifying for Anne and her husband. Furthermore, she felt that the hospital staff had talked her into ignoring her body in favor of their rules and ultimately, violating her trust in their care. She and Charlie have a beautiful breastfeeding relationship today, and if Anne and her husband choose to have any more children, she will be intentionally delivering at home.
born while driving