Little Maxence was born on Monday October 11 at 7.15 p.m. on the Toulouse ring road. His parents, who live in Plaisance-du-Touch, arrived five minutes later in the emergency room of the CHU Purpan.
This is not the childbirth they had dreamed of … Julien and Aurélie, a young couple who live in Plaisance-du-Touch, in the west of Toulouse, were expecting their third child on October 16. It was the theoretical term of pregnancy. But Aurélie, this Monday, October 11 around noon, began to feel contractions. “But she was not worried, because they were not painful, and quite spaced in time”, tells Julien by telephone, from the room of the mother and the baby. Or, the doctors and midwives had warned. It was not necessarily necessary to move if the frequency of contractions did not increase noticeably. Aurélie and Julien therefore do not panic. Maxence will wait a little longer. At around 6.30 p.m., however, Aurélie sent the message that he must go. His feeling is good.
The baby was born 5 minutes from Purpan hospital, while driving in his parents’ car
“We left serene.” The time to entrust the two older brothers of Maxence, 7 and 4 years old, to a friend, the parents get in their car. Julien turns on his GPS application, which tells him a journey time of 19 minutes to reach the maternity hospital of the CHU Purpan. Arrived on the N124, leaving Salvetat-Saint-Gilles, the contractions accelerate. “I looked at my wife, sitting next to me. Seeing her, I said to myself that there was a good chance that we would not arrive in time at the maternity ward,” says Julien. Indeed, the pain is stronger. “She started to contort, and then the baby came.” The vehicle is then between the exit Blagnac and that of Purpan, remembers the father. Julien checks that the umbilical cord is not wrapped around the baby. He hesitates to stop, but decides, with Aurélie, to continue. “The circulation was smooth, the baby breathing.” Julien and Aurélie will arrive 5 minutes after Maxence’s birth, in the maternity emergency room. “I admit that I did not really respect the speed limits on the ring road,” concludes Julien with a smile.