Cradling two new blessings in her arms, an Ohio mother has a lot to feel thankful for this season.
Dacia Pittman, 23, was happily expecting boy-girl twins.
What she wasn’t expecting was to singlehandedly deliver both of them in a borrowed vehicle with her husband driving the car and her older kids in the backseat.
Pittman told The Marietta Times that she was 38 weeks and 1 day pregnant when her twins decided to arrive.
She woke up on Nov. 5 with some discomfort and light cramping, but nothing painful enough to indicate her babies would be born in no time at all.
Pittman woke up her husband, Marcus Giffin, and her two boys, ages 8 and 5.
They left the house at 5:50 am, Pittman recalled, headed for the hospital where her sister-in-law was planning to meet them to care for the older children.
“We got onto the interstate and not even five minutes out, I could feel a head coming out,” Pittman said.
But she didn’t panic — rather, this tough mama took charge of the situation and gave orders to everyone in the Jeep: she told her kids to scoot over so she could recline her seat and ordered her husband to focus his energy on getting them to the hospital.
By 6:10 am, just 20 minutes after leaving the house, her son, Everett, was born.
Pittman had a ten-minute window to collect herself, and was holding Everett in her arms as she delivered her daughter, Amelia.
She took no credit for handling the situation so well, rather, Pittman first praised her older children, who she said remained completely calm in the back seat.
She was also thankful that both babies were born without any complications — not always the case when it comes to delivering twins.
“I was just really happy and really blessed that they were both head down and I was able to get the fluids out,” she said.
Upon arrival at the hospital, a slew of medical staff came to greet the shell-shocked parents and whisk the babies away for a checkup.
Both babies were at healthy weights and given a clean bill of health.
“I was so surprised it even happened and after it was finally done and both of them were on my stomach, it started to sink in,” Pittman said. “I just thought, ‘I can’t believe this just happened.'”
Pittman said she is looking forward to the day she can tell her twins that they were born in their Grandma’s Jeep. Grandma, by the way, said her Jeep now has more sentimental value to her than ever before.
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