Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Sarah Palin's baby story
NEW ORLEANS - Rep. Bobby Jindal barely had time to call 911 when his wife woke with labor pains Tuesday. Minutes later, he helped deliver his own son.
Slade Ryan Jindal arrived before the ambulance did at about 3:25 a.m. Jindal, coached over the phone by a nurse at the doctor's office, put the baby in the arms of his wife, Supriya, and tied off the umbilical cord with a shoestring.
"We certainly didn't expect this," the Louisiana Republican said later Tuesday. "We thought we had more time than we did."
Supriya Jindal had been to the hospital twice in the last week with pains thought to be contractions, her husband said. She was at the doctor's office as recently as Monday and was told there were no signs the baby would be coming as soon as it did, he said.
"We were very fortunate. There were no complications," said Bobby Jindal.
Sarah Palin: And, uh, he wasn’t due for 4 or 5 weeks later and um, while I was at energy conference I felt perfectly fine but uh, had thought maybe a few things were starting to progress a little bit that perhaps there was an idea there that he might come early.
Reporter: So did your water break?
Sarah Palin: Well that was again if, if I must get personal, technical about this at the same time, um, it was one, it was a sign that I knew, um, could lead to uh, labor being uh kind of kicked in there was any kind of, um, amniotic leaking, amniotic fluid leaking, so when, when that happened we decided OK let’s call her (Dr Cathy Baldwin-Johnson).
Reporter: And did -- This was something else I think I heard your father say I just wanted to clarify. Did you have to hide your pregnancy because you were so far along?
Palin: Well, you know I never felt nor do some people say I ever looked like I was that far along, um, so no purposeful way or need to hide that I was pregnant. Um, some, I know that some airlines would have uh, some hesitancy on letting maybe a nine month pregnant person get on board but it wasn’t nine months so, um, it was…
Reporter: And you didn’t tell them you were feeling something when you came back on the plane?
Palin: No need to because I wasn’t feeling at all like I was in labor in fact, you know I wasn’t one or maybe two contractions an hour that felt just like Braxton Hicks which I’d been having for months. That doesn’t constitute labor, so…
I emphasized a few lines because they are contradictory. Either there were signs of labour or there weren't. You can't have both in the same account. A woman cannot decide whether she's in labour or not without being personally examined by a doctor. Telephone examinations are not acceptable when a woman is leaking amniotic fluid.
Taking two separate flights with at least a two hour stopover plus a 45 minute drive while in labour/not in labour, leaking/not leaking doesn't sound very believable.
Jindal's baby arrival.
Sarah Palin's own account of Trig's arrival.