Teen Gives Birth, Jogs to ER

'This baby is fine,' says doc
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2008 5:35 AM CDT
Teen Gives Birth, Jogs to ER
Xochitl Parra and her newborn son Alejandro Parra are wheeled from St. Mary Medical Center by her sister Margarita Maternal Services Supervisor Loretta Morante and her mother Elsa Ramirez.    (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A terrified California teenager hid her pregnancy from her parents, gave birth alone in the shower—then walked and jogged four blocks to the hospital cradling her wrapped infant still attached by the umbilical cord. The mother of the teen, who said she was "just a little nervous," has agreed to care for the healthy baby boy when the girl returns to high school.

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"This is a heartwarming story, especially when a teenager does the right thing," said the doctor who checked out the 8-pound "miracle" baby. "We hear so much negative with teenagers throwing their babies in dumpsters. This baby is fine." (Read more Xochitl Parra stories.)

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