Mom-to-Be Finishes College Final From Delivery Room While in Labor, Earns A; Photo Goes Viral

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Nayzia Thomas feels stunned that the picture of her writing a college paper while in labor has gone viral.

After Nayzia Thomas learned she was pregnant this summer, people asked the college sophomore if she’d take it easy during fall semester. She said no; she would attend school and work full-time, just like any other semester.

This work ethic carried over to giving birth. While in labor, Thomas finished a final paper. As she worked, her mom snapped a picture, which has gone viral.

“I was at 2 centimeters when I was finishing the paper,” said Thomas, 19, of Kansas City, Missouri, who is studying psychology and neuroscience at Johnson County Community College. “The contractions were painful, but I have a high pain tolerance. I thought ‘Before this gets unbearable, let’s get this done.’”

For about two of her eight hours of labor, Thomas wrote the paper on dissociative identity disorder. She began proofreading as the contractions intensified.

“Luckily, I was done with my paper,” she said. “The contractions are all bad. They get worse as you go along.”

On Dec. 12, she delivered son Anthony, nicknamed AJ, who was 6 pounds 15 ounces and healthy. But her introduction to motherhood wasn’t as smooth as her studies.

When AJ was lying on her chest soon after birth, she felt something was wrong.

“I got really lightheaded and really woozy,” she said. “I wasn’t feeling right, and I blacked out.”

After Thomas delivered the placenta, she continued bleeding. Eventually, doctors stopped the bleeding and gave her fluids. She felt extremely exhausted after she finally woke up, but dismissed the feeling as a side effect of having a late epidural. But even after the new mom was discharged from the hospital, she struggled to breathe and experienced pain in her chest.

“My chest was hurting really bad and when I moved, I (couldn’t) really breathe,” she said.

Her mom, Aisha Kelley, insisted the nurses measure her daughter’s vital signs both while she was standing and sitting. While her vital signs looked normal when she was seated, they increased when she stood. Doctors re-admitted her to the hospital and gave her a blood transfusion, noting that her hemoglobin and oxygen levels were extremely low. The transfusion seemed to work.

“I felt so much better,” she said. “I feel like a completely different person.”

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SOURCE: Today – Meghan Holohan