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Balloon Baby: Mother gives birth at Balloon Fiesta RV Park

Erica Zucco
October 14, 2017 09:46 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta often brings new friendships and new memories. This year, it also brought a milestone for one family, as a mother gave birth in the Official Balloon Fiesta RV Park.


Clementine Baksteen and Pieter Hartog say they made plans to attend the event last October.

“We were here last year and I signed up a month later,” Baksteen said. “I want to be back here.”

Soon after, they learned Baksteen was expecting, and would likely give birth during their time in New Mexico. But for the family that travels, works and lives year-round in their fifth wheel, and network with other families living similar lifestyles, it wasn’t a deal-breaker.

In fact, they say they researched New Mexico and learned the state was legally and logistically friendly for home births.

So, they hired local midwife Louise Self of High Desert Midwifery and had several checkups before Baksteen gave birth.

“It gives me goosebumps,” Self said. “I love it. This is what it's about; birthing your baby in your own space. It can’t get any better than that.”

Clementine’s contractions came around the time of the special shapes balloon glow.

Then came a mad dash to get ready with the help of other “full-time families,” who helped them hook up for hot water to help with the birth and took their other two kids to the glow.

Now, they’re celebrating new life, surrounded by colorful skies that make everyone feel young again, with little Cecilia in hand. 


Erica Zucco

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