Working Mom Gives Birth Alone in Car, Struggles to Obtain Birth Certificate
Michelle Serrano Gomez, a working mom of six from Georgetown, Texas, had a terrifying experience when she unexpectedly gave birth to her baby alone in her car. Nearing the end of her pregnancy at 42 years old, Serrano Gomez was set to have a C-section, but everything took an unexpected turn.
Serrano Gomez had visited her doctor thinking she was going into labor, but she was told the contractions she was experiencing were Braxton Hicks and that she wasn’t in active labor. However, just two days later, she found herself alone in her car, dealing with the intensely painful and overwhelming experience of delivering her baby herself.
In a moment of panic, Serrano Gomez called 911, and the operator advised her to push. Without any assistance, she delivered her baby, feeling herself tear as she brought her child into the world. But her ordeal was far from over.
EMTs from Georgetown’s Fire Station 6 arrived at the scene after Serrano Gomez called for medical assistance. They witnessed the remarkable sight of a mother who had just given birth on her own. With the cord still attached, they quickly sprung into action, helping both mother and baby onto a stretcher and transporting them to the hospital.
Miraculously, baby Zayla was born healthy and happy, and she is now thriving at home with her father. However, Serrano Gomez now faces a bureaucratic hurdle in obtaining her daughter’s birth certificate. Because there were no witnesses to attest to the birth, Serrano Gomez has had to gather multiple documents, including a written witness statement from the EMT, a doctor’s note verifying her pregnancy, a notarized witness letter from a friend, and hospital records.
Despite the family’s joy at having a healthy baby, the frustrating process of obtaining the birth certificate has left Serrano Gomez feeling upset. She works diligently in her salon alongside other entrepreneurs, doing her best to keep her business running smoothly while simultaneously navigating the complicated paperwork.
As Thanksgiving approaches, Serrano Gomez and her family are grateful for the safe arrival of baby Zayla. Looking back on her experience, Serrano Gomez emphasizes the importance of trusting one’s instincts. She hopes that by sharing her story with other moms, it will empower them to trust their own intuitions and take action when needed.
The family is still awaiting news on when they will finally receive baby Zayla’s birth certificate, but they remain hopeful. KXAN reached out to Ascension Seton in Round Rock, where Serrano Gomez was taken to complete the birth, but as of now, there has been no response regarding the delay.
In the end, this incredible story of a resilient working mom and her unexpected journey into motherhood serves as a reminder of the strength and determination that mothers possess. It is a testament to the power of a mother’s love and the resilience of the human spirit.