There is a certain baby boy who will one day walk past the restroom in Concourse D of the Baltimore-Washington International Airport and say, “This is where I was born.” Yesterday, a woman stepped off her flight into BWI and gave birth with the aid of a police officer, delivering the baby on the restroom floor.
There are some who may tense up at hearing this kind of story, those who are anxious about the possibility that they or their loved ones may have a precipitous birth and end up delivering in an impromptu birthing room. Take heart! Though a precipitous birth (one that lasts less than three hours from first contraction to holy-cow-I-have-a-child-now) may be an intense ride for the mother, and though it may mean the whole thing happens without the presence of a professional birth attendant, it’s also generally a sign that everything is fine, as complications tend to slow labor, not speed it up.
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