Jade Roper Tolbert's Accidental Home Birth Story Is One You Have to Read to Believe
The former Bachelor star gave birth in a closet.
Bachelor alum Jade Roper Tolbert took to Instagram yesterday to announce that she gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Monday night. Fans were thrilled to hear the exciting news—but also shocked by how Roper Tolbert's labor and delivery went down.
"I accidentally gave birth at home last night, in our master closet," the former reality star wrote on Instagram, alongside a jarring photo of her holding her baby surrounded by paramedics and family members. (Related: The Birthing Method You Didn't Even Know Existed)
"I've been still processing the shock of this all, as this was not all at what I had planned, but I am so so thankful for each person who helped bring our son into the world safely," she continued.
Turns out, Roper Tolbert's water broke out of the blue and her labor escalated quickly after that. There was seemingly no time for her to make it to the hospital. "Seventy-five minutes later I gave birth to our healthy baby boy while clutching a bench in our closet," she shared.
Thankfully, Roper Tolbert and her son are healthy. But the situation was definitely less than ideal.
ICYDK, a lot of planning goes into having an at-home birth. Moms who opt to give birth at home usually hire a midwife, who helps ensure a safe and calm birthing experience, according to the American Pregnancy Association (APA). Plus, there's typically a Plan B in case a hospital transfer is necessary. The APA also recommends having a backup ob-gyn to contact, as well as a pediatrician who can examine the baby within 24 hours of the birth. (Related: C-Section Births Have Almost Doubled In Recent Years—Here's Why That Matters)
Even then, 40 percent of first-time mothers and 10 percent of women who have previously given birth are transferred to a hospital for delivery due to complications during the home birth, according to the APA. So the fact that Roper Tolbert was able to successfully deliver her son with seemingly zero planning, is pretty incredible. (Related: This Mom Gave Birth to an 11-Pound Baby At Home Without an Epidural)
Thankfully, she had a strong support system to help her through the experience.
"It was one of the scariest moments of my life because I felt so out of control, but Tanner, Tanner's mom, my mom, and the medics and firefighters kept me going when I felt like the world was caving in on me and my unborn baby," Roper Tolbert wrote, concluding her post. "So incredibly grateful for the support system we had and for this beautiful boy I get to hold in my arms."