Eubanks has been a professional MMA fighter since 2015. The most exciting time of her life, however, didn’t involve any of her four in-cage encounters. Rather, it took place near an elevator in New York City.RelatedMeet 'The Ultimate Fighter 26' cast: Sijara Eubanks, who wasn't about to let 10 pounds deter her
In April, Eubanks and her heavily pregnant girlfriend were at their apartment waiting – as instructed by their midwife – until contractions were 5 minutes apart before heading to the hospital.
“What we didn’t know is that we’d actually been in labor like three days,” Eubanks told MMAjunkie. “We just thought they were like Braxton Hicks (contractions), because they weren’t that painful to her.”
But then one night, at 3:49 a.m., the water broke. Since they weren’t taking the contractions that seriously before, by the time Eubanks got around to actually timing them, they were about 3-and-a-half minutes apart. With her car being parked five blocks away, they figured it was time to get a move on.
“So we’re in the hallway, and I’m pushing the elevator button, and I remember the door opened,” Eubanks said. “She screamed. She threw herself on the ground. I’m like ‘Get up. Get in the elevator. Come on.’ She’s like, ‘She’s coming.’ I’m like, ‘I know.’
“She threw up her robe, and I was like, ‘Oh.’ And there was a head there, a ball of hair.”
Before that night, Eubanks had hated every moment of the estimated “15 million” birth videos her girlfriend had made her watch on YouTube. But, especially when a 911 call proved rather frustrating, knowing what was supposed to happen really paid off.
“(911) were like, ‘How old is she?'” Eubanks recalled, with a laugh. “I’m like, ‘I can see hair. There’s a head!’ They’re like, ‘How far along is she?’ I’m like, ‘(Expletive).’ Just threw the phone. ‘(Expletive), you’re not helping.’
“So I did. I checked for the umbilical chord. Her face came, her head came, and she turned. Gush of water, and then she slipped right out.”RelatedEpisode No. 2 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter 26: A New World Champion'
Less than an hour after the water broke, the two had delivered a perfectly healthy girl. By the time the paramedics arrived, Eubanks said, the baby had already cried, coughed and latched on. Eubanks got to cut the chord in the ambulance, and the couple were greeted as stars when they arrived in the hospital.
Eubanks, understandably, felt like a “kind of hero” after seeing what her nifty hands could do. With due props, of course, to her girlfriend – who went through the entire process without stitches or pain relief.
And now, though the birth conditions weren’t ideal, Eubanks knows she will forever have a very unique tie to their daughter.
“I am on the birth certificate as the deliverer,” Eubanks said. “And that’s (expletive) cool.”
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