Special Delivery: Orem Mother Gives Birth On Sidewalk Next To Mailboxes

Passing driver, next door neighbors help the young mother and newborn girl

Orem - OREM (ABC4 Utah News) - Four residents got a big surprise Saturday by a special delivery.

It was something the Rieske family was not expecting - but their neighbor was expecting.

After the young woman's water broke in her home, she walked out to the sidewalk along 1600 North and delivered her baby next to some mailboxes. Kim Brooksby happened to be driving by at the time.

"She has this baby in her arms and the baby didn't have any clothes on but it was just blue as blue could be," Brooksby told ABC4 Utah News. "She's screaming for somebody to help her and there's wasn't anybody around. I pulled over immediately thinking that the baby is probably not breathing. Something is definitely wrong."

The baby girl's umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck. Brooksby called 911 and helped the woman to the Rieske family's door.

Candace Rieske answered and couldn't believe what she saw.

"I paused for a minute and I kind of scanned the situation and had to take it in for a minute," Candace said. "She kind of yelled at me and was like 'Take the baby!' I probably froze for longer than she had wanted."

While Candace rushed to get towels, Brooksby relayed the 911 dispatcher's instructions to Chandler Rieske.

"He pulled the umbilical cord from over the neck like lifted it up over the head and it was kind of tight," Candace said. "Then we had to lay her down and since the cord was still connected we had to be really close so he was on the ground with her and holding the baby."

Soon the baby was crying. Police and paramedics arrived within minutes to take her and the mother to the hospital in an ambulance.

"It could have probably been a lot worse," Chandler said. "It was a really cold morning. There was still snow on the ground...If that guy hadn't stopped and helped her get to our door, things could have turned out different as well."

Candace was later told by the Orem Fire Department that both mother and baby were doing well.

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