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This Super Woman Biked To The Hospital While In Labor — And She Planned It That Way!

Wed, January 12, 2011 9:00am EDT by 1 Comment

COURTESY OF SUSIE WEBERSusie Weber enjoyed the mile-long bike ride! That’s crazy! Could you pedal while experiencing contractions?

It’s going to take more than labor pains to stop this mom-to-be from getting in her daily workout! Susie Weber, 41, of Menasha, Wisconsin biked one mile to the hospital while in labor last October. No, her car didn’t break down –Susie actually planned this joy ride! Although her pregnancy was considered high risk because of her age, Susie was smart enough to get approval from her obstetrician before biking to the delivery room alongside her husband, Paul.

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Susie, a pilot with United Airlines who regularly bikes 5 mile long rides, didn’t find this “birth plan” unusual considering she lives such an active lifestyle. Way before her contractions kicked in, she had biked to at least 10 of her prenatal appointments!

According to the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, Susie was awakened by contractions at two in the morning, but remained home until they were three minutes apart. Then she hopped on her bike and headed to the Theda Clark Medical Center at 10:30 am with her husband. “I somewhat reluctantly got on the bike and, to my surprise, enjoyed every minute of the ride, even when I was having a contraction,” Susie says. “Despite all the dire warnings that I would crash my bike when the pain hit, I found that I could power through it. In fact, the contractions on the bike were the easiest to bear because I was distracted and doing something I love.”

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Did the bike ride push the birth along? Yes and no. Susie arrived at the hospital 8 centimeters dilated, but it took her 12 hours before she finally welcomed her daughter Tess on October 7. The little lady weighted 7 pounds, 11 ounces. And she’s already been out cross-country skiing with her athletic parents! Although many women nowadays workout through their pregnancy, Susie really has some guts! Could you imagine being on a bike — perhaps even hitting a road bump — while experiencing painful contractions? Ouch. Give this lady a gold medal!

–Leigh Blickley

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