Kansas mom gives birth in hospital hallway, tells husband to 'catch him'

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Credit: Tammy Karin, Little Leapling Photography Credit: Tammy Karin, Little Leapling Photography

A mother delivered her sixth child in the hallway just inside the emergency room of a Manhattan, Kansas, hospital, and the event was captured by her birth photographer.

Jes Hogan began experiencing contractions last July. She and her husband, Travis, drove to their local hospital to welcome their baby boy to the world. Instead, the mother spent hours laboring in a tub, bouncing on a ball and walking through the hospital’s hallways. After all that waiting, the couple then headed home to continue with their original plan of an intervention-free birth, Jes Hogan wrote in a blog post.

A few days later, PEOPLE reports, Hogan felt a contraction leading up to the moments before her water broke.

“About [an] hour later, I woke to a strange, long contraction,” she said. “It wasn’t incredibly painful, but it caused me enough discomfort that I felt around in the dark for my husband and said ‘Travis, I think this is it.’ ”

As they made their way inside the hospital, Hogan realized her baby wasn’t going to wait any longer. As she stood just inside the emergency room entrance, she could feel the baby boy’s head coming out.

Hogan wrote, “I then started to take my pants off because I could feel my body pushing the baby’s head out. I reached down and could feel his head crowning with my hand. I looked at my husband and said, ‘Travis catch him!’ Without any hesitation, he did just that as I felt my body involuntarily pushing his head the rest of the way out.”

At 3:38 a.m. on July 24, the couple’s baby, Maxwell, was born. The series of events, from Hogan’s water breaking to her delivery on the emergency room floor, lasted just under 25 minutes.


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