Jamie Otis Went into Labor with Daughter Henley Grace during a Zoo During Eclipse: ‘I Was in Denial’


Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner‘s new daughter Henley Grace was scarcely an obscure baby.

As the Married during First Sight star gathering home on Aug. 21 from a doctor’s appointment, “I began constrictive only as a obscure was beginning,” she tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue. “I unequivocally didn’t consider anything of it since I’d been carrying Braxton Hicks [contractions] for weeks!”

Otis, 31, even headed to a zoo with her sister, niece and nephews, though shortly she “couldn’t even travel true and had to lay down during each bench. As a obscure was apropos some-more intense, so were my contractions.”

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She remained “in denial,” however, and started carrying contractions 5 mins apart, afterwards dual mins apart.

“I still thought, ‘Oh, let me take a bath and relax. It’s substantially only from walking around during a zoo.’ ” But Hehner and her sister “pretty most forced” her to call her midwife and head to a hospital.

Otis is a labor and smoothness helper and insincere she would be sent home since her H2O hadn’t broken. “I’d feel so stupid if that happened, so we really attempted holding off,” she explains.

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After violation her H2O during a hospital, baby Henley arrived during 5:24 a.m. on Aug. 22.

“The impulse we listened her cry for a initial time, we only mislaid it,” says Otis, who lost a couple’s initial child, son Johnathan Edward, final summer 4 months into her pregnancy.

“I’d been holding a exhale for all 9 months of my pregnancy and we could finally let go since she was ideally healthy,” a new mom explains.

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Hehner — who, along with his mom Bonnie, was in a smoothness room with Otis — immediately fell conduct over heels for his small girl.

“I remember her being on my chest and feeling her take breaths,” says Hehner, 34. “I done eye hit with her for a initial time and we will never forget it. The instant bond and connection is formidable to put into words. we couldn’t trust how most adore we had for her in such a brief volume of time.”

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