By: April Carson
On the morning of September 9, Yiran Sherry began the laundry and her water broke. Her contractions had begun late the previous night, so she expected to give birth to her second child shortly.
Despite the fact that her arrival was entirely unanticipated. In the front seat of their Tesla, Yiran Sherry delivered baby Maeve while Keating Sherry drove and utilized autopilot in his hurry to the hospital.
“I thought we were going to make it,” Yiran, 33, of Wayne, Pennsylvania, recalled. “I recall telling Keating: ‘Her head is coming out; I think her heading is coming out.' "But I was so focused on the screen, where we are on it. Also, 'Should I press or hold it? What should I do if I'm not sure?'" “I just felt compelled to push with each contraction in every movie or TV show that I've ever seen.”
Meanwhile, their 3-year-old son Rafa was in the backseat, occasionally asking what was going on. “He was asking, ‘Is Mommy OK?’” Yiran recalled. “He was in the rear, so he couldn't see properly.”
Keating was getting ready to go to school when Yiran's water broke. Initially, Yiran suggested that her husband take their child to school before returning for her, but Keating felt they should depart immediately.
“We were a little behind that day,” Keating said. “She was telling me to drop Rafa off at school. But I believed time was of the essence, so I didn't listen to her.”
He was correct in assuming that traffic would be heavy. Keating drove, comforted his wife, and attempted to remain calm as the family experienced rush hour congestion.
“My primary responsibility as a husband was to get my wife to the hospital safely. That was our number one goal,” Keating explained. “When she was in labor, I felt that death squeeze from her. “She's having a lot of contractions right now. So I'd put the car in autopilot every once in a while to check on her, look back and see Rafa just to make sure he was OK.”
During those tense periods, he praised the autopilot for allowing him to focus on other matters. “With the autopilot on, I'm still fully focused on the road," he noted. “It's nice to have that assurance while your heart rate is through the roof and you're attempting to manage a very stressful scenario as best you can."
When Yiran gave birth to Rafa, she had an emergency Caesarean section. Doctors rushed her in for the operation when his heart rate dropped as she was pushing. In some ways, she wasn't sure what to expect with this delivery. She and her physician had planned a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) but, as she got closer to the delivery date, she realized that nothing would go according on plan.
“I was thinking, ‘Oh, I just don't think I'll have time for the epidural because it's moving so fast,'” she said. “'Let's just hope this happens in the hospital.'”
Maeve was born as the couple were nearly pulling into the Paoli Hospital.
“I felt that she was completely out and had been crying,” Yiran remarked. “To be honest, I had no clue the baby would come out before the hospital because I was only pushing for about 20 minutes. It's like 10 or 15 minutes. When I found out that it wouldn't happen within those timeframes, I had no idea.”
Maeve, as well, was caught off guard by her rapid arrival.
“Our aim was that this would be a natural birth,” he added. “We never imagined it might happen in the passenger seat of our vehicle.”
The family realized how unusual Maeve's birth was as the shock subsided.
“It was really strange, but it was also very beautiful in a way because Rafa was there in the back seat — we were all together.” Keating said. “There was a lot of gratitude that everyone had made it through safely. You go through a tremendous range of emotions.”
The ambulance drove them to the hospital, where doctors whisked their mother and child inside. Both were in excellent condition.
“There was a tremendous sense of relief once we arrived at the hospital,” said Keating. “You have to be grateful for what you've got.”
Maeve has caused significantly less turmoil since her arrival. She gets enough sleep and nourishment.
Maeve's arrival has demonstrated Yiran that life does not always go as planned.
“Change goes quicker the more you plan,” she added. There's a Chinese proverb that says, "Change goes faster when you have a plan." Sometimes whatever the strategy is may (become) so dramatic. In those situations, just remain cool and make the most of it.
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April Carson is the daughter of Billy Carson. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Jacksonville University, where she was also on the Women's Basketball team. She now has a successful clothing company that specializes in organic baby clothes and other items. Take a look at their most popular fall fashions on bossbabymav.com
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