A New Mexico woman is resting safe in a hospital after giving birth to her daughter in a truck during a Santa Fe blizzard. Elizabeth LeFevre began having contractions around midnight and two hours later the pain was so intense that she knew she needed to get to a hospital.
She loaded her husband, 3-year old daughter, and brother-in-law in a truck and took off to the hospital, but was quickly detoured another route when they realized the main road was closed due to the blizzard. Shortly after their trip to the hospital began, LeFevre’s water broke.
When Russell LeFevre, Elizabeth’s husband, went to check on his wife after her water broke the baby was halfway out. He had no choice but to deliver the baby at that moment.
Russell LeFevre has had some training delivering a baby, but not without all of the necessary tools and especially not in a car. He told the Associated Press, “(But) in the moment I was totally unprepared to deliver a baby in my truck,” he said. “I had shoelaces instead of clamps, and I was wiping out her mouth with my finger instead of a suction bulb. It was pretty wild.”
Russell Lefevre’s brother, who was driving the truck, was also on the phone with 911 who guided them through the delivery. Once the baby arrived, they drove to the nearest fire station who called an ambulance and drove them to the hospital.
Not only is Russell LeFevre one of the heros of this story, but the couples three-year old daughter, who was also in the car, helped her mom through the process by comforting her throughout the entire delivery.
Mom and baby, Joanna Mallory LeFevre, are healthy and safe, resting in a New Mexico hospital.
There aren’t many places I imagined giving birth other than a hospital bed, fully prepared with my doctor and husband at my side. I can’t say that I would be as calm as Elizabeth LeFevre or that my family would have reacted as calmly as hers did. I am truly inspired when I read these stories of women giving birth to healthy babies in strange places.
This is just a reminder that no matter how prepared we are for our baby to arrive, they have a mind of their own and will come out on their terms and sometimes when we least expect it!