Paralympian Jessica Smith’s “only birth plan” was to have an epidural…
“But of course no birth plan ever goes accordingly,” the mother of two, who competed in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, posted to Instagram alongside an image of her and her newborn son.
The swimmer and her husband Hamid Salamati welcomed a baby boy on Wednesday evening. By the time they arrived at the hospital it was too late to administer an epidural, Smith said.
“I begged, pleaded, screamed for pain relief but it was too late. But I can honestly say, it was the best experience of my life,” Smith told Daily Mail. “We arrived at the hospital at 5.15pm and my gorgeous prince was delivered naturally at 6.14pm.”
It can be considered to be ‘too late’ when a woman is fully dilated or just about to give birth as there may not be time for an epidural, according to The Conversation, because it takes time to complete the procedure and for the medication to take effect.
Smith and Salamati called their son Reza Raymond Salamati. According to Smith, ‘Reza’ means contentment and satisfaction, while ‘Raymond’ was her father’s name.