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Live parking only: Baby arrives in hospital lot
Julie Guay Cabral delivered her baby, Jacob James Corkins in her car outside Catholic Medical Center on Tuesday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
The impatient imp forced his way into the world Tuesday in a car parked in a Catholic Medical Center parking lot, just feet from the comfort of an emergency room and all its trained doctors and medical equipment.
“It’s just a mother’s instinct,” said Guay-Cabral, who gave birth on her 21st birthday. “It sounds weird: he’s all slimy, not the most pleasant looking thing, but he’s yours.”
“It’s always hysterical; everyone’s freaking out and running around,” said CMC emergency room Dr. Jon Vacik, who said the birth is about the sixth for the emergency room this year. The hospital ER handles a car birth about once every five years, he said.
Generally, the more births a woman has — or the closer they are together — the easier they are for the mom, he said.
“He’s actually amazing,” Guay-Cabral said.
Anyone experiencing such a birth should not panic and realize childbirth is a pretty natural thing, Vacik said.
If the umbilical cord can’t be clamped, it’s preferable to keep baby and mom on the same level to prevent blood from either person mixing through the cord, he said. Rubbing the back provides enough stimulus for the baby to open his mouth and clear away any fluids
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