Entries in Birth (8)


Infant in Womb Shown Holding Doctor’s Hand

A Classic Pin-Up Photography(NEW YORK) -- Nevaeh Atkins was going to be born soon enough.  She just wanted a helping hand, evidently.

And she got one from her doctor, as seen in a photo snapped on Oct. 9 by her father just before her birth via C-section.

In the photo, Nevaeh grips Dr. Allan Sawyer’s hand even before emerging from her mother’s womb.

“I just thought right away that it was a beautiful, amazing photo that I had never seen before,” Nevaeh’s mother, Alicia Atkins, told ABC News.  “I knew it was special right away."

“When my doctor broke my water, the doctor told my husband, ‘Hey, she’s holding my finger,’” Alicia said.  ”He had my camera, and so they were able to capture the moment of her holding his hand.”

The Phoenix-area mom of three first saw the photo on Oct. 10, but she had her assessment of its specialness affirmed after she posted it Dec. 26 on the Facebook page of her Glendale, Ariz., photography company, A Classic Pin-Up, and drew the attention of ABC News affiliate KNXV-TV and other local media.

The picture is only emerging now because Alicia kept it under wraps for weeks after the birth as she enlarged it to give as a gift to Dr. Sawyer.  She wanted him to see it first, and wanted him to see it big.

“I’ve never captured that picture before,” Sawyer told KNXV.  “It’s really rare.”

“We actually weren’t going to put a copy of the photo in our house because we didn’t know the reaction of people, whether it was too graphic or not,” Alicia told ABC News.

But after all the coverage the picture attracted, she said, she and her husband changed their minds.  Now, Nevaeh (or “heaven” spelled backward) will grow up with it.

“We decided to put the photo in her room,” Alicia said, “so that she’ll always know how special it was.”

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NYC Couple Arrested for Explosives; Woman Gives Birth in Custody

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A man and his girlfriend, who gave birth under arrest, are facing weapons charges after police say they found a powerful substance used to make bombs and an arsenal of weapons in their New York City apartment.

Morgan Gliedman, 27, and Aaron Greene, 31, were arrested on Saturday in their Manhattan apartment after officers with a search warrant found 7 grams of HMTD, a highly explosive white powder used in bomb making.  Police also seized a flare launcher, a sawed-off shotgun, nine rifle magazines and various how-to manuals on building bombs and booby traps.

"They had a terrorist encyclopedia, they had improvised and modified firearms, deadly homemade weapons, a do it yourself machine gun..." New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said on Monday.

Kelly was unsure how much damage 7 grams of HMTD would cause.

Potential targets or a motive for having these items has not been determined.  Police say the couple has no known links to any terrorist organization.

Greene's lawyer, Lisa Pelosi, told ABC News her client has entered a plea of not guilty and is being held without bail.  Greene, a Harvard graduate, is expected back in court on Jan. 4.

Gliedman has not been arraigned because she is still in a hospital after giving birth to her daughter, Melanie, while in police custody, according to authorities.

Calls to Gliedman and Greene's family were not returned and police are not granting interviews regarding the case.

Police went to the apartment in Manhattan's Greenwich Village on Saturday morning after they received a tip from a couple Gliedman and Greene invited to their home.  Police said they had been investigating Gliedman for credit card fraud when the tip came in.

Police blocked off the street where the couple lived and the entire building had to be evacuated.

Gliedman and Greene are self-admitted heroine users, according to police.

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Pregnant Inmate Sues After Being Forced to Wear Shackles During Labor

Florence McClure Women's Correctional Center(LAS VEGAS) -- Valerie Nabors gave birth to her fourth child, a healthy baby girl, last October, but within 10 minutes of delivery, she charges, her ankles were shackled to her hospital bed and she was not allowed to walk.

Nabors, a prison inmate at the time, complains her legs were shackled during labor, much to doctors' dismay, and against Nevada state law.

Nabors filed a lawsuit on June 20 against the Nevada Department of Corrections claiming cruel and unusual punishment.

Nabors, from Clark County, Nev., was an inmate at the Florence McClure Women's Correctional Center (FMWCC) on Oct. 19, 2011 when she went into labor, according to the lawsuit.  Nabors served a 12- to 30-month sentence from January 2011 to January 2012 for attempting to steal about $300 worth of casino chips.

The lawsuit was filed in federal district court by attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union.  Nabors is suing the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC), its director and several top officers, as well as officials of the FMWCC.

"Ms. Nabors suffered severe and extreme emotional distress as a result of being shackled during the delivery of her child," the lawsuit says.

The Nevada Department of Corrections has no comment regarding the lawsuit at this time, a spokesman told ABC News.

"I think we have the right to expect more as women and the right to expect more from society," Staci Pratt of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada told ABC News.

Nabors, 30, was taken to the University Medical Center at 8:15 p.m. on Oct. 19.  As the ambulance was pulling out of the main gates of the prison, Sgt. Daniel Tracey "came running out of the facility" with shackles which were closed around Nabors' ankles, the lawsuit says.

According to Nevada state law, no restraints of any kind may be used on an inmate who is in labor, delivering her baby or recovering from delivery unless she presents a serious harm to herself or others or presents a substantial flight risk.

"She was not considered a flight risk," Pratt, who described her client as a "non-violent offender," told ABC News.  "She was not considered a danger."

Nabors is seeking damages for the punishment.  She was released from Jean Conservation Camp on May 11, 2012.  She has returned to the community and is taking care of her daughter, Pratt said.

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Pregnant Woman Who Was Kidnapped, Set on Fire and Shot Gives Birth

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- A pregnant woman who was kidnapped, set on fire and shot in the back, in what police say was a horrific attempt to kill her unborn baby, gave birth to a boy Tuesday, hours before her ex-boyfriend and another man were charged in the attack.

Latonya Bowman, 22, was only eight months pregnant, but doctors performed an emergency Caesarean section Tuesday morning.

Jamal Rogers, the child’s father, and his roommate Antonio Mathis, both 22, were arraigned Tuesday on kidnapping, attempted murder and conspiracy charges and could face life in prison. Both requested court-appointed lawyers. They were denied bail.

Rogers allegedly began planning the attack in March, when he found out Bowman was pregnant with his third child. He enlisted Mathis, who did not even want money to participate, according to police.

The attack occurred early Saturday morning when Bowman was dropping her ex-boyfriend at his new girlfriend’s Warren, Mich., home after seeing a drive-in movie, the woman told police. After they pulled into the garage and got out of the car, the garage door closed unexpectedly, she said.

“She was grabbed by the throat and a gun was put to her head. She was ordered to the ground, duct taped, her feet, her hands and her mouth, ordered into the backseat of the car,” Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green said.

She was blindfolded before being put back into her car and driven to an alley in Detroit, Green said.

The man who kidnapped her indicated that it was because of her pregnancy.

“[The suspect] said, ‘You know why this is happening,’ and then he asked her about how far along she was,” Green said.

The woman told police she felt liquid being poured on her, heard a match strike and then was set on fire.

“She was able to get out of the car and start rolling on the ground, trying to put the fire out,” Green said. “And when that happened, two shots were fired and she was struck once in the back.”

After being shot, the woman played dead, and the man left, police said. She was able to free herself and drove to her mother’s house in Detroit. Her mother took her to the hospital.

Police took Rogers into custody on Saturday and named him a person of interest in the case. He had not called 911 when she was kidnapped, police said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


More Minorities than Whites Having Babies in the US

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- For the first time since it began keeping records, the Census Bureau reported on Thursday that more babies are being born collectively to Hispanics, blacks, Asians and those of mixed races than to white families.

During the 12-month period that ended in July 2011, births of minority babies reached 50.4 percent compared to 49.6 percent for non-Hispanic whites.

It’s expected that whites will remain the majority until mid-century.  However, William H. Frey, the senior demographer at the Brookings Institution, described the ongoing shift to The New York Times as a “transformation from a mostly white baby boomer culture to the more globalized multiethnic country that we are becoming.”

Census Bureau figures reveal there are nearly 350 U.S. counties in which whites are no longer in the majority.  Minorities have become the majority in four states and the District of Columbia, as well as large metro areas that include New York, Las Vegas and Memphis.

This changing face of the nation has already started a generational divide, with young minorities on one side and older white people on the other.

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Baby Born on New Jersey PATH Train

F1online/Thinkstock (file photo)(NEW YORK) -- A woman received quite the morning commuter surprise when she went into labor and gave birth on the New Jersey PATH train Monday morning.

The baby was born at 9:49 a.m. between the Journal Square Station stop in New Jersey and the 33rd Street stop in Manhattan, according to ABC station WABC-TV in New York.  A fellow passenger, who happened to be an attending physician at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, assisted in delivering the child on the train, a spokesperson for the hospital told ABC News.

When the PATH train crew learned that Rabita Sarker, 31, of Harrison, N.J., was in labor, the conductors switched the train to express service until 33rd Street. By the time the train reached 33rd Street, EMS workers and Port Authority police officers were ready and waiting to take the family to the hospital.  But the newborn baby boy had already been delivered and was being held by his father.

The hospital said the mother and her baby are doing well.

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Exclusive: Jaycee Dugard Describes Giving Birth in Backyard Prison

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- For the first time ever, Jaycee Dugard, the California woman kidnapped and imprisoned for nearly two decades, is describing giving the birth at the age of 14 in a backyard prison.

Three years into her captivity, Dugard went into labor with the first of her daughters fathered by her abductor, Phillip Garrido.  She was locked in a room in Garrido's backyard compound when she began having pains.

"I didn't know I was in labor," Dugard told ABC News' Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview.  "I was still...locked at that time.  Just scared."

Dugard told Sawyer that she knew nothing about sex before being kidnapped at 11 years old by Phillip and Nancy Garrido in 1991.  She writes in her memoir, A Stolen Life, that the Garridos told her she was pregnant when she was 13 on a Sunday in 1994.  She knew she was putting on weight, but didn't know why.

She began watching videos about giving birth and worried because she knew there would be no doctor, just her kidnappers to help her.  She writes in her book that giving birth was the most painful experience of her life.

"And then I saw her.  She was beautiful.  I felt like I wasn't alone anymore.  [I] had somebody else who was mine.  I wasn't alone," Dugard said.

She gave birth again in 1997 to another little girl.  She educated her children, creating a school in the compound to teach them as much as she could with only a fifth grade education.  As time went on, Dugard said she learned to endure.

"There's a switch that I had to shut off," Dugard said.  "I don't know...I mean, I can't imagine being beaten to death, you know?  And you can't imagine being kidnapped and raped, you know?  So, it's do what you have to do to survive," she said.

She also thought of her mom every day.

"I wanted to see her more than anything.  Any day near the beginning, I said, I would cry every day.  And..[it'd] be hardest when I would think about her and what she was doing.  And then trying to convince myself she was better without me," Dugard said.

Dugard and her mother, Terry Probyn, were reunited after Jaycee was rescued in 2009.

Her mother never gave up the search for her daughter.  She'd replay the morning that her daughter disappeared, remembering she didn't kiss her goodbye as she left for work.  It was a moment both women recounted in their minds throughout their 18 years apart.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


California Baby Survives Toilet Birth

BananaStock/Thinkstock(BAKERSFIELD, Calif.) -- A mother due to have her baby in two weeks got the surprise of her life when she delivered a baby boy in her California bathroom. And she has a calm and collected friend and 9-1-1 dispatcher to thank for helping her through the process.

The Bakersfield mom-to-be was 38 weeks along when she had to go to the restroom Thursday. Moments later, she delivered her baby in the toilet of the bathroom.

Fortunately, a quick-thinking friend was visiting at the time of the unexpected delivery. The friend immediately called 9-1-1, beginning a step-by-step process that developed into a touching dialogue between the 9-1-1 operator and the friend.

"She's sitting on the toilet and the baby's in the toilet," the friend said.

Without missing a beat, the dispatcher instructed the shocked caller on what to do next. "Oh, get her off the toilet," she said. Soon thereafter, the baby's first cry can be heard. "OK, listen carefully," she said. "I have help on the way. I'm going to tell you exactly what to do next."

The dispatcher then instructs the friend to find a shoelace or string in order to wrap the baby's umbilical cord, encouraging the caller the entire time. "You're doing a great job, OK?" the 9-1-1 dispatcher said. The dispatcher's caring manner continued through the call as she guides the caller through tying the cord. "Around the umbilical cord, about six inches from the baby, but don't cut it," the dispatcher said.

The dispatcher even remained on the line after emergency medical responders arrived and continued the touching conversation. "So cute. Does he look full size?" the dispatcher asked.

"He, he looks pretty big," the caller said.

"He's still breathing," the friend said.

"How exciting," the dispatcher responded.

The mother and her baby were taken to a local hospital but there's no word on the condition of either.

Neither the mother nor dispatcher has been identified.

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