Car birth really was ‘dream come true’ says mum Caralyn Robbins
IT might seem strange to call giving birth in a car a 'dream come true' but that was literally the case for Caralyn Robbins at the weekend.
The 31-year-old gave birth to her second daughter, Eirinn, a week before her due date in the front seat of the family car after failing to make it to hospital on time.
But it wasn't that much of a surprise -- as the expectant mum said she had dreamed about the scenario a few weeks earlier.
"The funny thing is, I woke up one morning after dreaming that I gave birth in the car on the way to the hospital. Everything I dreamed about pretty much came true," she told the Irish Independent last night.
The real-life drama unfolded last Friday morning in Ennis, Co Clare.
"It was just after one o'clock in the morning when I started getting really bad contractions and knew I was in labour," she said.
She and partner Phil wanted to drop their two children at her sister's house before driving to Galway University Hospital.
"I thought we had plenty of time but we were only five minutes from her house when I turned to Phil and told him we had a bit of a problem -- the baby was coming out.
"When we got to her house, Phil didn't even drive up the driveway.
"He just quickly parked the car and brought the kids inside."
After calling the emergency services, Phil (50) acted as midwife while waiting for the ambulance crew to arrive.
"My sister and Phil were telling me to come into the house so I tried climbing out of the car and that's when I told them: 'I really can't, the baby is just about out'," Caralyn said.
While mother and father were swept up in a wave of emotion, two other family members seemed unfazed by the drama.
"My two kids, Isabelle (4) and Aiden (3), thought it was great fun and watched from the front door," she said.
"They didn't blink an eyelid. They didn't think anything strange about what was going on in the car and how mommy gave birth to their sister," said Caralyn.
The ambulance arrived 10 minutes after the baby was born and the crew made sure mum and baby were well before whisking them to the hospital.
And because there is no maternity hospital in Co Clare, expectant mums have to travel to either the Regional Maternity Hospital in Co Limerick or Galway University Hospital to give birth -- making Eirinn the first recorded birth on Clare soil this year.