The Mum Delivered Her Baby On The Bathroom Floor After Labour Lasted Just Two Minutes

Sandra Rhodes, 32, from Melbourne, Australia called her husband, Jack, when she first felt contractions but before they could get to a hospital she was forced to deliver the baby herself – after just two minutes in labour.

The week prior, the Australian mum noticed bleeding and was taken to hospital for tests, but after checking her cervix,  the doctor insisted there was no sign of early labour.

But just a few days later she knew something wasn’t right.

Sandra had just finished her last day of work before maternity leave when she felt sharp pains in her belly while driving home.

Alarmed, she pulled over to call Jack and asked him to pick up the kids so she could go straight home to rest.

Once home, the pains continued with the pregnant Sandra brushing it of as Braxton Hicks – false labour pains.

But desperate for the toilet, Sandra made her way to the bathroom where the pain suddenly got worse.

Sandra began timing her contractions and noticed they were getting faster – so she called Jack once more.

“I think I’m going into labour,” she said, breathing deeply as she sat on the bathroom floor.

Sandra remembers the contractions coming in “thick and fast” and told her husband she needed an ambulance.

Her labour took just two minutes so she was forced to deliver her own baby

As he rushed home to aid his wife, Sandra called for help and was informed that an ambulance was on it’s way.

Sandra said: “I focused on my breathing, knowing it wouldn’t be long before I was taken to the hospital.

“But as I gritted my teeth through another contraction, I suddenly felt the head against my cervix.”

Sandra Rhodes, 32, from Melbourne, Australia gave birth on her bathroom floor

As he rushed home to aid his wife, Sandra called for help and was informed that an ambulance was on it’s way.

Sandra said: “I focused on my breathing, knowing it wouldn’t be long before I was taken to the hospital.

“But as I gritted my teeth through another contraction, I suddenly felt the head against my cervix.”

Sandra’s husband Jack was shocked to discover his wife holding their baby boy when he arrived home

And that’s when she realised the baby was coming.

She was told by the dispatcher still on the phone to support the baby’s head, but Sandra struggled to wrap her arms around her full-sized bump.

“Two minutes later, I felt another strong contraction,” Sandra recalled, “I pushed, holding the baby’s head and body between my legs and then suddenly, he was out.”

Sandra scooped up her new born baby and held him to her chest, and after a few minutes of heavy breathing, she heard his first cry

The baby was five weeks early so spent four weeks in hospital before they could take him home

She said: “My shoulders sagged with relief. I’d given birth to a beautiful little boy.”

Like with their other children,  Sandra and Jack decided not to find out the gender, so was pleased to discover she’d given birth to a healthy baby boy.

As Sandra sat on her bathroom floor, the phone operator still on the line, she was told to wrap him in a towel.

But unable to move, all she could reach was the nearby bathmat,  “that’ll have to do,” she was told.

 

Sandra remembers: “We had to wait until Jack arrived home to let the paramedics in because as her front door was locked . I was happy just knowing my boy was safe.

“He was breathing well and he was a good colour too.”

Her husband arrived home not long after and was shocked to discover his wife sitting on the bathroom floor holding their baby boy.

After a quick check over, mum and bub were whisked off to hospital, and because the baby was born premature and weighed just over two kilos, he was taken to the special care nursery – where he remained for four weeks.

Eli is 12 weeks old

Now, Eli is doing brilliantly, Sandra says.

“I still can’t believe I delivered my own baby on the bathroom floor.

“He really is our two-minute miracle.”

Sandra says Joey and Mia love their new baby brother

 

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