Plumber helps deliver baby on bathroom floor
What are you picturing? I immediately thought of a plumber who was on a service call at a lady's house, when said lady went into labor and the plumber ended up the only one there to help her.
Well, not quite:
WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A Michigan plumber, who makes his living working in bathrooms, has brought a life into the world in one.
Thirty-eight-year-old Brian Hines helped his wife, Andrea, deliver their son, the 7 pound, 13½ ounce Daniel Michael Lee Hines, on the bathroom floor of their Oakland County home on Tuesday.
The dad told the Oakland Press of Pontiac they did not rush to a hospital when the contractions began because their first child, Alexander, had taken hours to arrive. Daniel took just seven minutes.
Brian Hines told the Detroit Free Press he recognizes the irony of the story, and says he and his wife will have "fun with that one for a long time."
Waterford Township emergency dispatcher Joy Nick, who talked him through the birth, told The Oakland Press it was her first over the phone in 22 years.Um, this sounds pretty normal to me. A husband supporting his own wife, who is giving birth at home. Hasn't that been going on for thousands of years? It happens all the time, especially in the home birth community. I have known many moms who went into labor so quickly the midwife never made it there until right after the birth. I realize this one wasn't planned as a home birth, but I would never have guessed that something that 100% of families did a century ago now makes national news.
Plus, what did the fact that the husband was a plumber have anything to do with the story, other than to sensationalize the headline? And in what way did he assist the delivery - I'm pretty sure mom and baby did all the work. Unless maybe he used his plunger as a makeshift vacuum extractor (let's hope not).
I can see it now, a headline coming to national news sometime in early December when our latest baby is expected to make his/her debut:Pastor helps deliver baby on the bathroom floor!
Also, I think it is rather strange that the emergency dispatcher has not had a call like that in 22 years. To me, that just seems so unreal. Unbelievable as it may sound, babies do not have to be inside the four walls of a hospital room to enter the world.
Anyway, this story made me laugh out loud and shake my head in wonderment.