It was a surprisingly fast arrival for a newborn baby in Kelowna Tuesday night, but all went well as the baby was delivered by her aunt and father before they could get to the hospital.
Melanie Michaud says her sister-in-law Naomi Reynolds was being her active self, playing with her daughter in the yard, putting up Halloween decorations, and bouncing on a yoga ball.
"We knew we were kind of on baby watch, so I texted her and said, are you ok? And she said they're [contractions] coming on strong," says Michaud. "She wasn't sure if they were Braxton hicks or not, because she had already been to the hospital thinking that her water had broken, and it hadn't."
Michaud says her brother Wade Michaud and sister-in-law Reynolds live upstairs from her. She was watching a movie a short time later when her brother came down the stairs. He said, "I'm taking Naomi to the hospital because I think this is it."
Michaud followed her brother upstairs and began getting the car seat and other supplies ready for the trip to the hospital. Reynolds was sitting on the floor, having contractions.
"I said, 'OK Naomi do you think we can get you into the van?' And she said no, I don't think I can walk."
They were planning to carry her to the vehicle, but when they stood her up Michaud says the mom to be let out a moan and said, "I can't go to the hospital. The baby's coming now, I need to push".
Michaud left the room to call 911. By the time she returned, moments later, she says, "the baby's head was halfway out."
"I was on the phone with dispatch, so my brother and I laid her down, and by the time we laid her down the baby's head was completely out. I checked to make sure the cord wasn't wrapped around the baby's head. So Naomi just pushed…and the baby came out."
Michaud, who works at KGH, knew what to do. "I'm an LPN and I've seen babies being born, but I've never actually delivered a baby. I started stimulating the baby. I was rubbing her back, rubbing her feet because she didn't cry. But she was breathing, she was pink. She was opening and closing her eyes, but no cry."
It didn't take long for word to get around at the hospital.
"My emergency staff that I work with knew before I even got there that I had delivered the baby because the paramedics know me from work and they told everybody."
The baby wasn't due until Sept. 17, "but we had a feeling she was going to come early." This is the second baby for the couple. Mother and daughter are now at home.