When I turned 32 years old, my wife was 3 months
pregnant with our second children, Yes! she was having twins! I've always heard
horror stories about the labor room and was apprehensive about being there
myself. On April 14, 2001, it was finally my turn. I must say that this is one
of the more unusual stories that I know of.
It was Sunday afternoon and I was putting some finishing touches on the baby's
room when my wife. Angel suddenly broke the news to me that she was in labor. I
was excited and nervous all at once. She had been in mild labor for a couple of
hours, but decided not to tell me right away because she knew that we would be
in for a long haul and didn't want to get to the hospital too early.
I got my stopwatch and was ready to time the next contraction. The doctor had
told us to leave for the hospital when the contractions were 4 to 5 minutes
apart, since we had 30 miles to go. Terri's contractions were 7 minutes apart,
so thinking that we had plenty of time, she took a quick shower. I got the car
packed with the suitcase, the baby car seats, in the hopes to drop them off at
the kennel on our way and also packed 6 large boxes to deliver to my customers
in the morning.
Angel's contractions were getting more painful and closer together. It seemed
like it took forever for her to get dressed, stopping during each contraction,
which were now 2 minutes apart! We finally headed out the door at 2:05 p.m.
I think she had 3 contractions just walking to the car. As I drove down our
bumpy dirt road, I needed to go slow, but at the same time wanted to hurry
because I didn't want to deliver the babies myself. I asked Angel if we should
stop to get the mail. After hearing her response, I knew that we were in
trouble! I stepped on it and as I flew over the railroad tracks, her water
broke. She told me to pull over right away because she was going to have the
babies. I said, "We can't stop here, we need to get to the hospital. Just relax
I proceeded to get onto the freeway, but I couldn't go much faster that 50mph
because there was a lot of traffic . Angel was telling me to pull over, but I
was sure that we could make it, even though we still had 29 miles to go.
Suddenly, I heard a loud backfire. Thinking that something might be going wrong
with the car, I pulled over at the next exit.
Fortunately, there is a police station at this exit and as I pulled into the
parking lot, A policeman was walking towards his car. I jumped out of the car
and yelled "My wife's having a baby!" He told me to lay her seat down and check
to see how dilated she was, while he called 999. After I unloaded some of the
boxes to make room, I checked her and yelled "Oh my God, she's a 10 !" I quickly
unloaded the rest of the car, parked the car in the shade.
The next 20 minutes flew by as we were timing Angel's contractions, awaiting the
arrival of the ambulance. Angel was still in the passenger's seat with the doors
open. Suddenly, She yelled loudly that she could feel the first baby's head and
she was ready to push , After 30 minutes pushing, our first baby Chan Man-long
came out and arriving at 5:11 p.m.
I wrapped him up in a blanket and a minute later the ambulance drove up. Mommy
and our son were moved into the ambulance and I began loading up the car. After
21 minutes, our second baby was born!
Submitted by: Chan Chi-on
April 30, 2001
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