- A woman recently gave birth in her car
- The baby was delivered as they were rushing to hospital
- Both mom and baby are healthy
Madelein Meissner-Roloff from Bryanston in Johannesburg was calmly sitting at home when she realised her third child’s birth was closer than she thought.
When her contractions were just more than five minutes apart, she and husband, Karl, got ready to go to the Genesis Maternity Clinic in Saxonwold.
She struggled to dress herself because the contractions were suddenly much closer together and were quite intense. On the way to the hospital Madelein realised the baby wasn’t waiting any longer.
"Though it was dark in the car, I knew what was happening."
Because she had given birth before she knew what was happening and started pushing as soon as she felt the baby crown.
She calmly said to her husband:
Madelein had just given birth in the front passenger seat of their vehicle.
"I tucked her under my jersey and she calmed right down. She just made a few moaning sounds."
Baby Suné was healthy and weighed 3,4kg. Madelein had been just more than 38 weeks pregnant. Both mother and baby are doing well. She says that it helped that her husband hadn’t panicked either.
Though not many people know the story of Suné’s car birth, those they’d told struggled to believe it.
"At first people think we’re joking."
Though everything worked out well, Madelein says she’s grateful it wasn’t her first child because things may have turned out very differently.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that a member of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department went above and beyond her call of duty when she helped a mother give birth in the street after a call about a collapsed woman.
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