Talk about a wild welcome into the world: A couple expecting a baby boy tried to make it to the hospital, but there was no time. Mom delivered her newborn in the car right outside a fire station. It’s not every day firefighters get to help welcome a new baby into the world.
But that’s exactly what South Trail Fire & Rescue District had the pleasure of doing Tuesday.
“We were glad to show up when we did,” Capt. Casey Moore said. “It worked out perfect.”
The mom and dad to be tried to make it to the hospital 20 minutes away, but their baby boy had other plans.
“We were a happy pitstop on the road to there,” Bryce Dearstyne said.
“She pulled it off so well,” Jason Pigott said. “Typically, you have nurses all around helping you, guiding you. But up until we were there, she did everything by herself.”
The only normal part of this delivery was the father cutting the umbilical cord.
“It was a nice reminder to take a step back to remember this isn’t only a medical call,” Dearstyne said. “This is a lifechanging experience for them that the father wanted to be involved in.”
The firefighters are glad they can help a family in one of the happiest moments of their lives.
“We have a lot of negatives,” Dearstyne said. “This is a huge positive to have.”
The firefighters say births are not routine, but their training kicks in. Mom and baby went to the hospital safe to get checked out.
“High morale around the station,” Moore said. “A great experience.”