Firefighters deliver baby in church parking lot

Published: Jul. 25, 2022 at 7:16 PM CDT
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CULLEOKA, Tenn. (WSMV) - A family has welcomed a healthy new baby girl thanks to the quick response of four firefighters.

The mother was on her way to the hospital around 1:30 a.m. Sunday when she went into labor, forcing her to give birth in a church parking lot with just the help of her husband and volunteer members of the Maury County Fire Department.

The firefighters said they arrived on scene just moments before the baby was born. They had been trained on how to respond to a call like this, but it was a first for all four first responders that were involved.

“I went to the patient and introduced myself, and by the time I got my name out the baby was introducing herself to me,” critical care paramedic Fabian Oden said. “Mom did an amazing job with delivering and dad did an amazing job with supporting mom.”

“Being in that environment, it’s different because usually they go to the hospital and there is a nice calm environment,” Oden continued. “You know the doctor that is delivering the baby and you know the nurses, but now you have six strangers showing up delivering your baby that you have never met and it’s dark outside.”

The mother and father were still around 30 minutes away from the hospital when the 911 dispatchers they were talking with told them it was best to pull over in a large parking lot and get ready, Oden said.

The couple stopped at Stiversville Church of Christ along Pulaski Highway and waited for around 10 minutes before first responders arrived from both directions. The mother was already laying on a towel they put down in the parking lot, and that allowed the firefighters to jump right into action when they got there.

Oden is in school to become a doctor, and the other three firefighters are also either paramedics or certified emergency medical responders. Every Maury County Fire Department vehicle also includes medical kids that are designed for these exact situations.

“She really had the dream team to come assist her with this operation, and it was definitely very successful as a result of that training,” firefighter Savannah Maddison said.

“It’s very rare to deal with childbirth as a first responder,” Maddison continued. “It is something that might not happen for many people’s entire careers. This was a very fortunate incident, not only for the first responders involved, but also the mother. She had a department nearby and we had such a quick response.”

Firefighters then helped load the mother and newborn baby girl into an ambulance that took them to the hospital, Maddison said. Everyone was healthy, but two firefighters went along for the ride just in case anything happened to either patient because most ambulances are only prepared for one patient.

Father Jimmy Lee Farnsworth said they brought Kyler Shaydin home from the hospital Monday afternoon. She was born weighing 6 lbs. and 15 oz. and is 19 in. long.

Farnsworth said their other four children were overjoyed to get to meet their new baby sister.

The firefighters that helped welcome her into the world are also very happy to know she is healthy and look forward to meeting her again.

“It’s so often that we have to deal with situations of death and loss and just sad situations, so to be able to be a part of a beautiful moment that that family is going to remember for the rest of their lives,” Maddison said. “Although it was chaotic, it was just so life changing and a moving moment for all of us. We were very thankful for that.”

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