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Mom Believes Doctor Who Says She Has False Labor Pains Til Newborn Arrives 11 Weeks Early

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Zakeria Richardson-Flory likely expected the labor of her fourth child to be uneventful and almost predictable, but it was anything but when she gave birth to a baby boy 11 weeks early.

The mom had been experiencing pain that doctors diagnosed as false labor. According to the Cleveland Clinic, these are irregular uterine contractions that mimic real contractions and can occur as early as four months into a pregnancy. This is the body’s way of preparing for real contractions when the baby is about to arrive.

But after three days of the so-called false labor, Zakeria realized that they were real labor pains.

She and her husband John knew there was no time to get to the hospital.

“I was like, ‘Wait something’s happening! He’s in my hands!'” Zakeria tells KDKA Pittsburgh in the video below.

John called 911, but by the time authorities arrived, the mom was already holding her newborn son in her arms.

“He came out. He was breathing on his own. He was crying. His heart was strong,” the mom adds.

The proud parents followed the dispatcher’s instructions to make sure that the umbilical cord wasn’t wrapped around his neck.

Little Jahkiye Richardson was born healthy at just 3 lbs., 1 oz., measuring 15 inches. And now, just days after his arrival, he’s getting stronger by the day!

Please SHARE if you want to help welcome this bouncing baby boy into the world!

Photos: KDKA Pittsburgh

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