Cottonwood Heights family doesn't make it to hospital - delivers baby at home

Cottonwood Heights family doesn't make it to hospital - delivers baby at home

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A Cottonwood Heights family gets a Christmas present a little early this year. A bouncing baby girl not only came nearly two weeks earl, but was so excited to meet her family couldn't even wait for her parents to make it to the hospital.
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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A Cottonwood Heights family gets a Christmas present a little early this year. A bouncing baby girl not only came nearly two weeks earl, but was so excited to meet her family couldn't even wait for her parents to make it to the hospital.

Daddy Jacob has done this before, but not quite like this.

Jacob told ABC 4 Utah, "I was supposed to be the coach at the hospital, hold her hand, and give her ice."

But after getting back from church Sunday it became clear he had a much bigger role to play.

Abigail said, "We were wanting to stay at home and labor as long as possible to make things easier and quicker at the hospital, but it became so intense we thought we'd better get out of there and too the hospital."

That was the plan anyway.

"For about 15 minutes I was trying to help her get up, get out to the car,” explained Jacob. “We didn't make it out of the bedroom."

As soon as Abigail laid back down on the bed the baby was crowning.

"At the point where your baby is crowning you just know you have to do it, and you do it,” said Abigail.

Jacob called 911 and the dispatcher helped walk him through it. Abigail on the other hand says she just relied on her body to know what to do.

"It was really intense and pretty fast and not much control of what was going on,” said Abigail.

After the hard part was done paramedics arrived to take mama and baby to the hospital.

While he never expected to help deliver his baby at home, Jacob says he's ready to do it again.

“I’m ready for the next one to be done at home too...my wife's not."

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