Boats, Lawns and Worse: Seven Extreme Birth Stories

In this file photo, Carolina Chirindza proudly displays her two-day-old baby, Rositha. Carolina gave birth to Rositha while she was trapped in a tree just feet above swirling floodwaters. Moments later, the crew aboard a South African military helicopter hoisted the family to safety.

Earlier this year another baby was born in a tree, although in more criminal circumstances. According to reporting by the Australian Associated Press, a pregnant woman and her husband were dragged from their home in Papua New Guinea in February and hung from a tree after local neighbors accused them of sorcery.

Mother Nolan Yekum gave birth just moments before she freed herself and ran to safety with the baby. According to the Australian AP the father, Paul Yekum, escaped too and went into two weeks' hiding with his wife and baby until local officials sorted out the witchcraft dispute.

Woman Gives Birth on a Shrimp Boat

Shrimp boat captain Ed Kiesel had to think fast and put his creativity to the test when the boat's cook went into labor 30 miles at sea.

Kiesel told the AP in 2007 he did what he could with a brand new package of paper towels, a first aid handbook and some net twine.

The baby boy came out breach (feet first) and had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, but Kiesel managed to deliver him. The only problem was the baby wasn't breathing.


"The biggest risk for the baby is making sure that in the first few minutes of life is that we can clear the secretions and making sure it can breathe on its on own," said Moore, author of Women's Health for Life.

Kiesel tried to clear the baby's nose, rub its back and after 25 minutes of CPR, the baby boy breathed on his own.

"I was so happy and relieved," Cindy Preisel told the AP. "It's hard to put into words."

Moore said such a story is an example of the very real dangers of childbirth.

"A lot of people think, well, women have been delivering babies for centuries on their own, long before there were doctors and trained midwifes," said Moore. "But maternal and newborn deaths were also at a much higher percentage."

Baby Born on the Train, Slips, Then Survives on the Tracks

As if birth wasn't a hard enough way to enter the world, try surviving, then falling through a toilet and onto moving train tracks.

That's the tale mother Bhuri Kalbi of Rajasthan, India, will have to tell her daughter. Kalbi was only seven months pregnant and on a train's toilet when she gave birth early. She fainted before she realized what had happened, according to reporting by Reuters.

Newborn baby girl of Kalbi is seen inside a hospital in Ahmedabad, Feb. 28, 2008. The baby survived her birth after slipping down the toilet bowl of a moving Indian train onto the tracks when a pregnant woman unexpectedly gave birth while relieving herself.

Moore said a quick birth like Kalbi's ordeal is often called a "precipitous birth," and frequently is associated with a complication such as a detached placenta.

"My delivery was so sudden," Bhuri Kalbi told Reuters. "I did not even realize that my child had slipped from the hole in the toilet."

According to Reuters, many trains in India have toilets that are just chutes which empty directly on the tracks below.

Once she awoke from her fainting spell, Kalbi told her relatives what happened. The train stopped and staff at a nearby station found the baby girl on the tracks, alive.

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