Friday, September 14, 2012

Baby born at home in bathroom

Quick response results in ‘seamless’ birth

Express Staff Writer

Mother Glafira Anguiano and father Emilio Garcia comfort their new daughter, Camilla Garcia, at St. Luke’s Wood River on Wednesday. The baby was delivered unexpectedly in their Bellevue house. Photo by David N. Seelig

    Camilla Garcia was more eager than most babies to take her first breath. She surprised her mother, Glafira Anguiano, and father, Emilio Garcia, with an urgent birth announcement early Monday morning and did not give them enough time to get to the hospital before the big event.
    Camilla was born in her parents’ bathroom in their house in Bellevue at 3:41 a.m. She weighed exactly 7 pounds, according to Jonna Wright, St. Luke’s Wood River’s registered nurse in labor and delivery.
    Though the home birth was not intentional, the baby girl was born without a hitch thanks to quick response times from a Hailey police officer and a Wood River Fire & Rescue paramedic team.
    “It was really, really fast,” Emilio said. “She wasn’t even due until Saturday.”
    Emilio said Glafira woke him up about 3 a.m. to tell him she was having contractions. He immediately called St. Luke’s.
    “The hospital told me that since the contractions were still far apart, Glafira might be more comfortable at home until the contractions sped up and she was farther into the labor.”
    Glafira and Emilio then attempted to go back to sleep.
    “The next thing I know, I woke up to Glafira screaming from the bathroom,” Emilio said. “She was yelling, ‘The baby’s head is coming out!’”
    Emilio said he ran into the bathroom and found Glafira on the floor with the baby’s head “sticking out.”

“She was yelling, ‘The baby’s head is coming out!’”
Emilio Garcia

    “I tried to stay calm,” he said. “It doesn’t help if you get all crazy.”
    Emilio said it was about 3:15 at that point. He called the hospital again to express the urgency of the situation.
    “They told me that help was on the way,” he said.
    Wood River Fire & Rescue Capt. Rich Bauer said he and his team of paramedics were dispatched to the scene at 3:27. Bauer said the Hailey Police Department, which covers Bellevue from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m., also received the dispatch. The first to arrive was Hailey Police Officer Charles Cox.
    “I got there at 3:35,” Cox said. “Dispatch told me to get a towel and instruct the mother to keep a small amount of pressure on the baby’s head to slow down the labor.”
    Cox said Glafira did not seem terribly interested in this approach.
    “The mother did not want to do it,” Cox said. “She said the baby was coming.”
    At 3:39, only minutes before Camilla was born, Bauer and his team arrived.
    “Lt. paramedic Max Bailey delivered the baby,” Bauer said. “He also cut the umbilical cord. He’s good at that stuff.”
    Bailey said the whole crew stayed “nice and calm” and that all the members did their jobs “seamlessly.”
    “Both the baby and mother were healthy,” he said.
    The paramedics took Camilla and Glafira to St. Luke’s where Emilio met them with Glafira’s parents.
    “We took our baby to the hospital with us,” Emilio said. “The nurses said they hadn’t heard of anything like that happening around here before.”

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