If you’re a The Bachelor super fan you’ll be aware that Jade Roper Tolbert and hubby Tanner were expecting their second child.
Surprise home birth
That very baby has now arrived – safe and sound despite some tricky circumstances – the little boy born via an unplanned home birth on the floor of the couple’s walk-in wardrobe!
“It was wild,” Jade told People magazine of her newborn son’s speedy and surprising delivery. “It’s surreal. I’m still having trouble processing it!”
We’re not surprised!
Jade and Tanner were already parents to almost two-year-old Emmy, and the now mum-of-two was two weeks out from her due date when her baby decided he was ready to meet them all – on his own terms.
“Her water actually broke at 9:16pm, as we were actually watching The Bachelorette,” Tanner explained, keeping things on brand. The couple called their midwife, got their hospital bag organised and Jade hopped into the bath to ease the pain a little.
“I thought I was going to get in the bath and then we’d go,” Jade said, explaining that they were waiting for Tanner’s mum to arrive so she could look after Emmy. And then they planned to head straight to the hospital. Their (as yet unnamed) bub had other ideas.
“I got out of the tub and my contractions were so intense I couldn’t even keep on top of them,” Jade recalls.
“I started pacing in the bathroom and found myself in the closet trying to think about getting clothes on. Then I yelled for Tanner and I was like, ‘Tanner it’s happening now!’”
“He came in and tried to get me dressed … I was just in a pain and labor fog,” Jade admits.
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I can’t stop staring at his sweet face! 😍 Thank you to everyone for the outpour of love and support regarding our little man and his birth! Our hearts, hands and home are full and we are so grateful. ❤️ We are all well, recovering and resting, and I am excited to figure out this new life as a family of four. (Also, an extra thank you to @avawomen for helping us conceive our little miracle and bringing this joy into our lives! ❤️)
“I can feel the head”
Tanner said he wanted more than anything to get Jade to hospital, but of course it was not meant to be.
“Jade is like, ‘No Tanner, I can’t. I can feel the head.’ He had already dropped down to the birth canal. Once she convinced me it was happening, I was like, ‘Oh s—!'” he recalls.
They called 911 and within a couple of minutes the baby was crowning, with the emergency services operator advising Jade not to push just yet. Tanner’s mum had arrived by this stage.
Jade knelt, bent over, on the closet floor trying to keep the baby in, supported by Tanner and his mum. Then the paramedics arrived and with one push the baby was born.
“One of the main paramedics caught the baby and I cut the cord right there in our closet,” Tanner told People.
Safe and well
The family then headed to hospital where mother and son were pronounced happy and healthy.
Jade said she’d suspected this baby would come early, because she’d been having lots of Braxton Hicks contractions. She’d even organised for her mum to fly in ahead of schedule, just in case.
“We weren’t shocked that he came early, but we were shocked that he came so fast,” Tanner told People, explaining that Jade’s first labour was seven hours long.
We’re so glad this was a safe arrival! Brilliant effort Jade and huge congratulations to this growing family.
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I accidentally gave birth at home last night, in our master closet. I’ve been still processing the shock of this all, as this was not all at what I had planned, but I am so so thankful for each person who helped bring our son into the world safely. I’ll share my whole birth story soon, but long story short, my waters broke and 75 minutes later I gave birth to our healthy baby boy while clutching a bench in our closet. It was one of the scariest moments of my life because I felt so out of control, but Tanner, Tanner’s mom, my mom and the medics and firefighters kept me going when I felt like the world was caving in on me and my unborn baby. I was going to share the happy, cute Instagrammable pics first, but this felt right to me. So incredibly grateful for the support system we had and for this beautiful boy I get to hold in my arms.