Dramatic pictures have emerged of a mother giving birth to a child in a hospital corridor after arriving too late to get a bed.
Kansas native Jesica Hogan welcomed her fifth child and only son Max into the world last July.
Hogan, who gave birth at the Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Kansas, had suffered contractions without going into labour prior to the alarming moment.
One contraction however, felt different than the others. Jesica knew she was about to have a child.
Among the chaos, husband Travis remained calm and drove her to a hospital at around 3am. The entire event was captured on camera by photographer Tammy Karin.
In a blog she explained:
I made it just past the second set of automatic doors, into the next hall which luckily was not carpeted like the one we had just stepped out of. I know at this point I said something to the effect of, “oh god, he’s here”. 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 that moment Tammy began snapping away! Then the nurses came rushing down the hall. It was a blur at this point, they reached us, helped me lay down just as my body began to push again.
Travis said the ER nurse who reached us first quickly supported his head, he still had his hands on baby’s head too, as well as my back while they laid us down. That same nurse gently removed his cord that was loosely around his neck, now his head was completely out.
With 1 more push as instructed by the nurse, and the only intentional push I gave, I felt the rest of his body come out. He arrived on the floor just inside the entrance of the emergency room at 3:38 am. Less than 25 minutes from the time my water broke at home, and only a few moments after we stepped inside the hospital. They placed him on my chest, his head was so bruised from arriving so quickly.
The nurses were amazing, so was my husband. They all gently helped move baby up to my chest, and my husband placed a towel sweetly under my head. I wasn’t aware of much other than his presence at my right side.
Amazing. What a story to tell Max when he’s older.