Deep in the winter of 2018, Indiana mom Brylye Jones had a birthing experience like few others. The young pregnant woman wasn’t even aware that she was in labor until she went for a warming shower. And what happened after she hit the stall confounded medical professionals and delivered a truly heart-warming story.
Jones is a hairdresser from the small town of Carlisle in Sullivan County, IN, with a remarkable tale to tell. It revolves around the circumstances of her giving birth, which no-one saw coming. After all, Jones didn’t think that she would ever be able to have kids in the first place. But she was wrong, and so were the doctors who had informed her it was an impossibility.
Jones had been told that she would never conceive for medical reasons. The young woman had an ovarian dysfunction which meant that her body wasn’t producing hormones normally. So Jones was under the impression that she had no chance of ever having a family of her own.
However, Jones was to prove the doctors wrong. Just three months after being told that having children would not be an option, she found out that she and her partner, Jayden Vest, were expecting. And it would prove to not be the last time medical professionals attending Jones were mistaken. Indeed, a bigger surprise was in store a few months later when the mom-to-be’s due date approached.
It was late one wintry weekend in January 2018 when Jones started to feel what she thought were contractions. She promptly did what you’re meant to do if you feel these precursors to labor and presented herself at a nearby hospital. But the medics there did not think that she was far enough gone to keep her in.
Consequently, the hospital sent Jones back through the snow to Carlisle, as the doctors had decided that her contractions were not close enough together. But when Jones returned home, the tightening and squeezing sensations did not stop. The mom-to-be was in a little discomfort all night long, but it was her back which was causing her the most problems.
However, all this time Jones believed the doctors and did not think she was properly in labor. In fact, later in January 2018, she told local news website MyWabashValley.com how she wasn’t feeling all that much pain. “It didn’t register to me,” she recalled. But the next morning – Monday, January 15 – something happened which cast all doubt aside.
Jones went to wash and freshen up, and it turned out to be a shower that she would remember forever. That is because right in the middle of getting washed, she realized that something else was going on. Within just a few minutes, Jones had given birth to her baby boy, right there in the shower stall.
Jones’ brother heard a commotion and ran to the bathroom door, asking, “Are you okay?” The answer must have seemed obvious, but Jones responded, “No Patrick, don’t come in here.” It was too late, however, and her brother burst through the door to be confronted by the sight of his brand-new nephew. Jones later described Patrick’s reaction, “He’s like, ‘Oh c***! You’ve got a baby!’ and then he ran out the door.”
Patrick was in fact running for help. He dialed 911 and asked for an ambulance. “My sister just had her baby in the shower,” he said to the operator over the phone. Thankfully, however, his sister and her baby boy were fine for the moment. Fortuitously, Jones had recalled a couple of important pieces of information from her high-school days.
Jones knew from a child development lesson that a newborn’s airways need to be cleared. She spoke to the TV news magazine show Inside Edition shortly after the surprise event. “I knew to suck out his mouth because of the class. And I knew that you needed to make sure he was breathing okay and that his color was okay,” she said. Despite the high drama of the birth, she remembered the low-down of what to do on delivery.
And what is more, Jones gave birth in the middle of a winter storm. She described it as “your average everyday snow day.” But mom and baby did eventually get taken to a different hospital from the one that had sent her home the day before. Yet before the time came for Jones to return home from the Sullivan County Community Hospital with her newborn, nearby news outlets had got a hold of the story.
Soon the new mom was happily giving interviews from her hospital bed. A reporter from local channel WTHI-TV 10 came to meet her and the new arrival, and they learned that the baby boy had been given a very appropriate first name. You see, Jones had named her son Mathue Christopher Vest, and the reason why is perfect.
In fact, Jones had first decided to call her son Mathue, when she made the surprise discovery that – in spite of what the doctors had said – she was pregnant. “Because Mathue means ‘gift from God.’ So to me, he was a gift,” she explained to the reporter. And Jones chose the middle name Christopher as a tribute to her late brother.
Although Jones’ story is pretty remarkable, she is actually not the only Indiana woman with an unusual birth story to hit the headlines recently. In late 2017 news emerged of another local Ashley Shelton, who had also experienced a pretty shocking delivery. Only her’s wasn’t in a shower – it was in a theater of war.
The then 20-year-old Private Shelton of the U.S. Army had been deployed in Afghanistan in 2012, without realizing that she was with child. Shelton had taken routine tests before she was sent into combat because sending pregnant women to war is definitely against protocol. And although one of Shelton’s tests did indicate a positive result, it was dismissed as a false-positive.
Shelton was given a blood test but before the results returned it was too late. She had gone off to Afghanistan none-the-wiser. “I got sick there, but I blamed it on the food,” she later told Indiana’s 13 WTHR News. Then one day in August 2012, Shelton could feel herself cramping. Out of nowhere, her waters broke, but she did not recognize the sensation as she had never given birth before.
By this point, Private Shelton was in the middle of her labor. “I thought that I was dying,” she recalled. “I could not physically move because I was in dire pain.” But then she was ordered to stand up, and shockingly her baby “just came out.”
No one had seen it coming. “I was in Afghanistan in the middle of a combat zone,” Shelton remembered to 13 WTHR News. “My body was not recognizing that I just gave birth.” Soon enough, the mother and her baby were whisked off to Germany by helicopter to receive medical attention in hospital.
Unfortunately, however, Shelton’s son has some health problems, which the former soldier blames on the U.S. Army’s oversight of her pre-deployment pregnancy. An investigation initiated by 13 WTHR is still ongoing. But despite the unusual circumstances of Jones’ and Shelton’s deliveries, thankfully both moms survived their shocking episodes.