Ebony-Paige Blank’s experience is every pregnant woman’s worst nightmare. The 23-year-old from Barne Barton gave birth to her baby in a moving car while en route to the hospital. Ebony-Paige Blank realized that she was going into labor a week early on a Saturday evening when she was at home. Ebony’s partner, Sam Gore, quickly tried to get her to the hospital. However, the couple didn’t know that they wouldn’t make it to the hospital, and Ebony didn’t have enough time to receive any pain relief medication.
Ebony’s water broke in the car, increasing the urgency of getting to the hospital. The couple was only a few miles from Derriford Hospital when Ebony-Paige realized that the baby was about to be born. Sam pulled the car over on a bus stop, and Ebony gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Khai, in the moving car. The car was filled with screams of agony while the couple waited for the baby to come out.
After her baby was safely delivered, Ebony felt relieved but shocked. Her baby was born a week before his due date and she had never experienced anything like this before. Sam had to think quickly and used his shoelaces to tie off the umbilical cord to prevent bleeding. Afterward, they called for an ambulance, and both mother and baby were transported to the hospital. Mother and baby were both stable after delivery, and Khai was examined at the hospital and given a clean bill of health.
Although giving birth in a moving car seems like a rare scenario, it has become increasingly common in the United Kingdom. Many women falter to give birth on the roadside, in vehicles, or even at home without medical aid. The UK has observed an increase in such instances over the past year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because many expecting mothers are hesitant to go to the hospital due to the risk of contracting the COVID-19 infection, they wait until the last possible moment to go to the hospital. Because of this, emergencies develop, and deliverances at different locations become more frequent.
In conclusion, Ebony-Paige Blank’s experience is one that many pregnant women hope to avoid. She both gave birth in a moving car while en route to Derriford Hospital, and had her baby delivered by her partner. Although this has become a common occurrence in the UK due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not something that women traditionally experience. It is critical that policy makers and medical practitioners inform women that not seeking medical assistance during delivery can be harmful to mothers and babies, and they should encourage women to seek prompt medical attention when they become pregnant.