Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Pull Over, Scott...I'm Having This Baby!

I just recieved the most unique baby article from a newspaper describing the baby's birth.
My friend, Christy, from college, delivered her 2nd child on the side a highway in Oklahoma.

Mother gives birth to a healthy girl on a highwayBy Tippi Rasp Staff Writer

Labor and delivery for Scott and Christy Northcutt’s first child, Nate, was fairly typical — about seven hours of labor and a birth with no complications.

The proud dad even cut the umbilical cord.

Their second child, a daughter, was welcomed to the world on a breezy fall morning on the south side of Oklahoma 51.

Scott caught the healthy baby girl, named Lindy Katherine, on her way into the world.

A familiar setting

The only hiccup in her pregnancy with Nate, now 3, was when Christy had to switch doctors midway through the pregnancy. Christy’s doctor, one of Enid’s most popular and experienced obstetricians, abruptly stopped delivering babies, citing skyrocketing malpractice insurance costs.

But Christy said she understood her doctor’s peril and chose a former Enid resident, Jennifer Nelson, who is now a practicing obstetrician in Oklahoma City, to deliver her first child.

When she became pregnant early this year, she met with Nelson and again made the decision to give birth at Lakeside Women’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. She had relatively the same birth plan with both children and was comfortable with the continuity of care she would get with the same obstetrician.

The best laid plans

Both Scott and Christy say they are planners. But when Christy’s water broke the morning of Oct. 14, two days before the scheduled delivery of the couple’s second child, they were calm and cool. They called Christy’s mom, Jean McCollough, to come take care of Nate, and a little after 9 a.m. they left Enid for Oklahoma City.

Christy felt her first contraction on U.S. 81 near Bison. She noted the time, then had her second contraction three minutes later. The next two contractions came two minutes apart.

Although he didn’t tell his wife at the time, Scott scoped out the switch for the hazard lights on the Toyota sport utility vehicle, making sure he knew where to find the switch in case it was needed.

As Scott headed east onto Oklahoma 51, Christy thought about asking him to turn around.

She thought she might not make it to Oklahoma City.

But she shrugged it off and told herself she was just “45 minutes from an epidural” and women endured the pain of labor every day.

Many of her friends are advocates of natural childbirth, and Christy said she respects that decision.

“Every woman should do what she wants,” Christy said.

Christy, however, is a believer of epidural anesthesia, although she waited as long as she could before asking for the drugs when she was in labor with Nate.

‘About to deliver a baby on 51’

When she told herself she could handle the next 45 minutes, Christy really didn’t know what she was getting herself into.

“It wouldn’t have mattered,” if Scott had turned around, Christy said.

Scott said he could tell Christy’s contractions were strong, but they both thought they had at least a couple of hours before their daughter was born.

Five miles east of Hennessey, she asked her husband to pull over.

“I felt her crown,” she said. “I said, ‘Scott, pull over, I’m having this baby.’”

Christy stepped out of the SUV while Scott used his cell phone to dial 911.

“I said, ‘We are about to deliver a baby on 51,’” Scott said.

Meanwhile, Christy felt the need to push.

“I said, ‘I can already see the head,’” Scott told the Hennessey 911 dispatcher.

Scott caught his daughter after the second push.

“From the first contraction to delivery was 15 minutes,” Scott said.

Lindy immediately spit up fluid and began to cry. With the umbilical cord still attached, Christy held the baby to her chest and sat in the car.

“The precious time I got with her was great,” Christy said.

Scott cranked up the heater and got a sweatshirt from Christy’s bag and wrapped the baby.

Paramedics from Hennessey arrived quickly, they said, and took Christy and the baby to Integris Bass Baptist Health Center in Enid.

Dr. David Parker delivered the placenta, and the staff checked Lindy and reported the birth of a healthy, 6-pound, one-ounce baby.

Nate, no doubt, will one day hear and understand the amazing story of his sister’s birth.

For now, he’s content with watching her eat and sleep.

“He loves her,” Christy said. “He was beaming when he came in the door.”

‘It’s amazing what people can do’

Scott said he did what any expectant father would do.

“Other people would have done the exact same thing,” Scott said.

Christy said her husband performed well under pressure, and she was thankful he was there.

“He did exactly what I needed,” Christy said. “It was adrenaline for both of us.”

Christy said the birth of her daughter was a great experience, and while the contractions were strong and painful, the delivery wasn’t bad at all.

“It wasn’t scary,” she said. “It’s amazing what people can do.”

While Christy rode in the ambulance with Lindy, Scott followed behind and started making telephone calls. The first call was to Lakeside to say they were no longer on their way.

The second call was to Christy’s mom, who had just seen the couple off an hour earlier.

“I said, ‘You won’t believe what I’m about to tell you,’” Scott said.

This story almost makes me want to get pregnant again...just to top her birth story;)


theotherbear said...

Now THAT is one cool birth story.

CrazyDeb said...


Robyn said...

WOW! Thank goodness for teamwork! LOL!

Sniz said...

Wow, this story is amazing! I'm sure I wouldn't have been as calm as your friend.