Every labor story is different and unique, and nobody can really be sure about how their birth story will unfold until they really experience it.
While some labors last for what feels like ages- it can be even up to 48 hours-, others can be as fast as less than an hour.
It is often said that the second child- and the ones coming after it- will probably be born in less time than the first one, but moms-to-be should really be prepared for anything.
They should even be prepared for the least appealing scenario, which is to give birth on the way to the hospital- maybe in the car, or even at a fire station.
Yes, you read that correctly. While it is not a frequent phenomenon, it sometimes happens, and when it does it’s definitely a story worth sharing.
Just like Randi’s labor story, who gave birth earlier this month at the Balzac Fire Station, just northeast of Calgary.
Alberta couple, Randi and Peter Dyck, were expecting their fourth child and thought they had everything under control. But, as they say, “when you make plans, God laughs.”
The couple lives near the village of Linden, which is not close to the hospital, so they knew they would need to speed things up a little when the time would come to bring the new baby to the world.
“We live at least a half-hour from a hospital and quite far from the city,” Randi said. “There’s always that thought in the back of your mind.”
Indeed, when Randi started having regular contractions, the couple jumped in the car and headed for the nearest hospital in Calgary.
But Randi realized they would never make it there on time.
“By the time we were on the road, it was not looking good for us,” Randi explained. “I said, ‘We can’t go on the highway because we’re not going to be able to pull over and that’s going to be a disaster.’”
Luckily, there was a fire station nearby, so Peter drove there instead. Once they arrived, he yelled that his wife was in active labor and they had to do something.
“(The firefighters) dragged some mats out while they tried to hobble me inside, and I got down on all fours and out came a baby,” the mother said with a laugh.
Soon, the baby was born and, just a while later, the midwife arrived to care for the baby and the mom.
Such cases are extremely rare, as Rocky View County Fire Services Chief Randy Smith explains.
“I’ve been doing this for 42 years and have only been involved in two deliveries,” he said. “Our crews are very professional and, of course, I’m very proud of them, as always.”
As for the baby’s name, it’s Charlie Teal Dyck, named after Captain Davin Teal, who caught him when he was delivered.
“I’ve never witnessed a childbirth,” Teal said. “It was the first time I’ve actively been involved in the delivery of a baby, so I guess I could say it went well.”
We bet the firefighter will not forget the incident any time soon!
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