Giving birth has been a natural phenomenon since... well forever. However, the social nature of birth is not as straightforward as one might think. For instance, when we think of giving birth, we often think of a hospital surrounded by doctors, nurses, painkillers, and loud screaming. Yet, having your baby delivered in a hospital is actually a relatively new thing.
That's right, back in the day, people used to give birth wherever they could, with their home being the most comfortable option for many. Today, as ever, anything really goes in some cases! Here are 10 strange places where women have given birth.
10 The Lobby Of An Apartment Building
As Saturday Night Live legend Seth Meyers recently revealed on his show, his wife (Alexi Ashe) gave birth to their second son in the middle of their apartment building lobby! In fact, two years earlier, Meyers' first son was nearly born in an uber, only managing to get to the hospital within minutes.
The second time around, things weren't so lucky, with his wife going into labor right there on the lobby floor. Meyers later admitted, "I called 911 and over the course of a minute conversation, I said, "We’re about to have a baby — we’re having a baby — we had a baby."'
9 In An Uber
Love them or hate them, there is no denying that the taxi application is one of the most useful services of recent times. However, although they might be a cheaper option with regards to getting you from one place to the next, they aren't really the perfect place to give birth!
Sadly, Erica Davidovich had no other option when she suddenly realized that she was going into labor and needed to get to a hospital fast. As a result, Davidovich quickly rang an Uber to take her to the hospital, only to get into the car and give birth five minutes later.
8 In An Elevator
Getting stuck in an elevator is a common fear for many, especially when you have somewhere to go, or something to deliver. Therefore, you can only imagine the terror on one woman's face (while in labor) who suddenly realized that the elevator she was traveling in had broken down and wasn't taking her anywhere anytime soon.
Thankfully, the elevator in question was in the hospital where she had originally planned to give birth, along with her midwife and a couple of nurses. Talk about good luck. Sadly, the baby's father was stuck on the next floor, unable to see his new baby brought into this world. Talk about ups and downs...
Flying is hardly fun at the best of times, and is actually a stressful and terrifying experience for a large number of people. For many, the last thing they would want is to suddenly go into labor mid-flight without a doctor or a nurse. However, for Cristina Penton, this was a real-life scenario. Yes, while flying with Spirit Airlines, Penton suddenly went into labor at just 36 weeks.
Penton later stated, "The flight attendants contacted doctors on the ground and they advised the flight attendants to see if there were any medical personnel on board. As it turned out, there was a pediatrician and a nurse. Soon after that, it was clear I was having my baby." Thankfully, both mother and baby were fine, as were the very stressed-out flight attendants.
6 A Chick-Fil-A Bathroom
Bathrooms have been a popular place for women to give birth over the years, with a clean and sterile atmosphere that's somewhat soothing. However, although a bathroom might be a reasonable place to deliver your baby, a Chick-fil-A bathroom is a different kettle of fish altogether.
Sadly, for Falon Griffin, this actually happened and she had no other choice. That's right, while on her way to the hospital, Falon knew she'd have no time. So, she made the brave decision to stop at a Chick-fil-A, ask to use the bathroom and give birth right there on the bathroom floor.
5 Up A Tree
In the year 2000, Mozambique was hit by heavy rainfall lasting a whopping five weeks. The rainfall resulted in one of the worst floods in history, taking the lives of 700 people and 20,000 cattle. Due to the floods, families across the country had to climb trees and tall structures in order to survive.
One of these people was the heavily pregnant Carolina Chritndaza, who, along with her family, climbed a tree to escape the crocodile-infested waters. However, while in the tree, Carolina went into labor, later giving birth to a healthy daughter. The birth attracted a lot of attention across the world, which later resulted in numerous donations to Carolina and her family.
There are lots of interesting stories about occurrences at Walmart. One woman managed to introduce giving birth in a Walmart parking lot to the list!
Yes, in 2016, just as she was about to pay, the woman suddenly felt that unmistakable feeling. Realizing what was going on, she immediately alerted staff and asked them to call her an ambulance. Unfortunately, the ambulance just wasn't quick enough, and the woman gave birth right there in the middle of the checkout.
3 In Her Sleep
Believe it or not, one woman actually managed to give birth to a baby while she was fast asleep. Yes, twenty-three-year-old Alice Payne had earlier suspected that she was about to go into labor after suffering a few minor pains.
She then made her way to the hospital, who told her that she wasn't going into labor but it would likely happen soon, so she should stay and rest. Payne was then given a hospital bed where she dozed off, only to wake up a couple of hours later with a newborn baby. Some people really will sleep through anything!
2 A New York Taxi
In 2017, Chantal McKenna had been experiencing contractions for the last twenty-four hours. Once the contractions started to come within minutes of one another, she knew it was time to make her way to the hospital. As a result, McKenna called her husband, quickly gathered her things and called a cab to the hospital.
Unfortunately, New York traffic made it incredibly difficult to get to the hospital on time, leading to Mckenna giving birth in the back of the cab. Thankfully, the cab driver had managed to pull over and alert authorities, making sure that mother and baby were safe and well.
1 In A Lion Den
Of all the places in the world, a lion's den is probably one of the last locations you'd choose to deliver your child. Sadly, this happened to 32-year-old Manguben Makwana, who gave birth in a wildlife sanctuary.
Thankfully, Makwana was inside an ambulance, which pulled into the sanctuary after realizing it was too late to get her to the hospital. In the end, both the mother, the baby, the ambulance staff and the lions were unharmed.