East TN mother delivers her own baby at home

East TN mother delivers her own baby at home
(Source: CNN/WATE)
(Source: CNN/WATE)

OLIVER SPRINGS, TN (CNN/WATE) - An East Tennessee woman was caught off guard and had to deliver her own baby at the last minute. But fortunately the labor and delivery nurse got a chance to put her skills to use.

Megan Whaley has helped deliver a lot of babies as a labor and delivery nurse, but she never thought she'd one day deliver her own baby on the bathroom floor by herself.

"It's still unreal to me. I don't think it's really hit," Whaley said. "I just pushed as hard as I could."

Whaley said she spent hours having contractions with her first two kids. Because of this, she thought she had some time and called her husband at work.

"He usually works about 30 minutes away, but he was about an hour away this day," Whaley said.

Whaley's water broke and the only other person at home with her was her three-year-old son Deegan.

She said she called her husband, David, again and he was still on his way.

"She says you need to call 911. Tell them how to get to the house," David said. "You know Megan, she's always level, always calm and controlled. So I called 911. I'm delirious at this point. Out of control. Breaking the speed limit and all."

Whaley prepped her bathroom floor with towels to keep the mess to a minimum.

"Then when I realized she was coming, I'd rather stay in here. So I got some more towels out and laid down on the floor so when I had her, she wouldn't hit the tile and so that I could dry her off," Whaley said.

After a lot pushing, and a whole lot of pain, baby Emery was welcomed into the world. An ambulance crew and Whaley's husband arrived shortly after.

"She says, 'it's a girl.' Amazing. I told her it's not 1860. People die doing that kind of thing," David said. "It's dangerous, but Megan, she's really sharp. She knows what she's doing."

"I don't know if she's going to be a drama queen or wanted to make a dramatic entrance since she's the only girl we have," Whaley said. "The pediatrician said maybe we got the drama out of the way. So hopefully she won't be a drama queen the rest of her life."

Megan said her advice for all expecting moms is to always be prepared. You never know how much time you'll have before your baby is ready for delivery.

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