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Teenager Delivers Baby and Walks to Hospital

I read a plethora of new mommy books and took birthing and baby classes, but I don't think I could have delivered my own child like one California teen did.

To learn about her story,


Embarrassed and frightened by her expectant status, Xochitl Parra, 17, kept her pregnancy a secret.

When the high school sophomore began to get ready for a typical school day, she knew something was different. In the shower feeling contractions and fearing what was to come, Xochitl sat down and pushed baby Alejandro out into the world.

She quickly wrapped him in a blanket though they were still attached by the umbilical cord and walked the new baby and the placenta to the hospital four blocks away.

According to an Associated Press article both baby boy and mother are doing well.

Do you think you would have handled a solo home birth as well as this teen?


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Renees3 Renees3 9 years
My High school had the highest teen pregnancy rate in the state of California. We actually had day care on campus. Anyway, a girl that I graduated with by our senior year had THREE children. I knew of a couple people that hid their pregnancies from their families for the duration. A lot of a time it was because their parents were religious and didn't believe their children should be having sex anyway. A girl in my town had her baby at home and it died and she threw it away. She was jailed and convicted of killing it, it was really sad.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
CaterpillarGirl, That's insane!!!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
oh my goodness Caterpillar!!! What a story. Hope they are all okay now.
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 9 years
Holy crap CaterpillarGirl! I once knew a girl in HS that was a big girl, and nobody knew she was pregnant until she didn't come to school for a few weeks.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I had a friend who had a seperation of her pubic bone (Diastasis symphysis pubis) and this caused the fetus to not grow outward but settle more into her pubis region, she had alot of backpain, had spotting throughout (she thought it was a light period) and she wasnt a Thin girl but not a Big girl either, I would say at the time she was 5 foot 3 inches 135-140 pounds. We were watching a movie and she started complaining of cramps, so she went to the bathroom. I had just thought she was having intestinal problems, and 20 minutes later she came back out....pale but okay, sat there and said "gotta go again" went back into the bathroom, 15 minutes later i hear this she was in pain and a minute later i hear a strange sound...go knock on the door ( I thought she had a serious BM) and she tells me to come in and she is sitting in the bathtub, bloody mess, holding a baby boy. She was 23 years old, not naive, but she had no idea she was pregnant.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Well, I know most cases probably aren't this extreme - but a not that close friend of mine in high school was raped by her uncle. She went up until the day she gave birth without telling anyone she was pregnant. She was a really good student, a really quiet and stay at home kind of girl and a little chubby, so her parents didn't even *think* pregnancy and just talked to her about gaining weight.
citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
BTW - has anyone else noticed the picture chosen for this story may be a
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I agree Citizenkane. I went to high school with a girl who was obviously pregnant and she completely denied that she was. But sure enough she had a baby. Do some people think if they ignore it that it will go away? I am glad that this girl and her baby are ok. She is very lucky.
jessie jessie 9 years
wow!!!!! glad to hear everyone is okay and healthy!
citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
Um......How in the world do parents NOT KNOW their teen is pregnant? I mean, even if the girl is plus-size enough to not completely show a pregnant belly....wouldn't you, as a parent, know that your child has gained excessive weight in less than a year???? I am amazed that his happens. It is so unfortunate.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Wow, amazing. As a parent, I can't even imagine how I would feel thinking that my daughter was more terrified of my reaction to her pregnancy than facing childbirth completely alone. Yikes.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
Amazing. She is lucky the baby didn't get hurt in the tub.
tngirly tngirly 9 years
I have a friend who did the same thing. She was able to conceal her pregnancy from her family, delivered at home, by herself and then went to the hospital. She has since told her family and although they were initially unsupportive, they now love their grandson. She had a rally hard time getting his birth certificate since no one "witnessed" that she gave birth to him, so she had to go through this major blood testing process to prove that she was in fact, his mother!
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 9 years
I can not understand this for the life of me. I would be scared to death. not to mention the fact that she GOT UP and WALKED to the hospital. My first was 9lbs 3oz. I couldn't walk for 2 weeks.
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