Woman Gives Birth On Front Lawn


Woman Gives Birth On Front Lawn

( 4UMF NEWS ) Woman Gives Birth On Front Lawn:

She was not expecting — but she sure was pregnant.

A New Jersey woman did not realize she was with child until she gave birth on her front lawn earlier this week.

Elizabeth Whitehead, 21, woke up with what she thought were cramps Tuesday. Her long-overdue period finally arrived, or so she thought.

She walked across the lawn toward the driveway of her Barnegat Township home just before 11 a.m. Then the 2-pound baby arrived.

"It all happened on the grass," Whitehead told the Lacey Patch. "His head was out when I was on the grass."

Her boyfriend, David Windham, dialed 911. Police officers Michael Moore and Vincent Damiano arrived to find Whitehead lying on the ground beside the newborn — the umbilical cord still attached.

The 3-month premature child had no pulse and was not breathing, said Lt. Keith Germain.

The officers performed CPR on the baby as they awaited the ambulance. The first sign of life came when the boy started to cry.

"Once I heard a little bit of the cry, it kind of made me jump a little bit," Moore told NBC Philadelphia.

The baby developed a stable heart beat and regular breathing during the ambulance ride to Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, reported the Asbury Park Press.

Whitehead was released from the hospital the following day. After he was stabilized, the baby was transferred to Southern Ocean County Hospital and later taken to the Jersey Shore Medical Center.

Whitehead says she took two pregnancy tests when her period did not arrive. Both came back negative.

Neighbors, too, had no idea that Whitehead was pregnant and were shocked by the news.

"Can't say that I noticed that she was pregnant," one neighbor said. "She carries well."

Windham said that the baby is doing well.

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