Travis Hogan made one promise to his wife Jes as she went into labour with their sixth child – that they would make it to hospital in time to give birth.
The Kansas father came through on his vow, but only just. Travis helped his wife deliver their son Maxwell on the floor of the hospital’s emergency room on 24 July 2017.
In her own words, Jes Hogan described the lead-up and birth of her son. The mum said that in her final weeks she experienced Braxton Hicks (false contractions).
As this was not the couple’s first time welcoming a child (already with five little girls at home), they weren’t too worried when Jes finally did go into labour and made their way to hospital.
"We went from almost three centimetres dilated to 4cm in the first hour of arrival, and we thought we were in the early stages of welcoming our last baby into our family.
"After four hours of labouring... we chose to leave the hospital without any further progress and contractions that had begun to space out.
"At home, I was 5cm dilated but would not move any further and contractions were uncomfortable, but never really gave me the feeling they would amount to anything more than a sleepless night."
Jes' water still hadn't broken so she wasn't worried when after a few days her contractions hadn't progressed. But at about 2am on the Monday - almost a week after her contractions began, she thought she noticed a change, but decided to let herself drift back to sleep.
"The pain wasn’t troubling me too badly, I kept telling myself I would just 'know' if this was the real thing."
But about an hour later she awoke to "strange, long contraction" - and turning to her husband, said, "Travis, I think this is it."