Dad Delivers Baby With Help Of Union County Dispatcher

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You can make all the plans in the world for the birth of a child, but ultimately, it’s up to the baby.

A Union County couple found that out recently when they suddenly had to give birth at home.

For Travis and Jennifer McMahill, the day they had been waiting for came six weeks early.

“Just the whole aspect of being home him being early and unexpected was terrifying,” said Jennifer.

“She looks at me and says ‘We're not going to make it to the hospital. The baby's coming now,’” added Travis.

With contractions just minutes apart, and the nearest hospital 30 minutes away, it was suddenly just the McMahills and a 911 operator.

“OK Travis, I’m going to walk you through this. What I want you to do is, I want you to get towels. We are going to need something to wrap the baby in,” said the 911 operator.
Travis knew he had to keep calm for his wife and his son, who was moments away from coming into the world.

“I had a general idea of what to expect but she kept me focused,” said Travis.

Within a few minutes,Travis and his wife brought their baby boy into the world

The entire time, from the start of 911 call until little Izaac was born, took only 11 minutes and 39 seconds.

“It felt like three minutes,” added Travis.

And now mom and dad will have a great story to tell little Izaac about the day he couldn't wait to be born.

Little Izaac has some growing to do. Since he came about six weeks early, he is in the Neo-natal intensive care unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

But doctors say he's doing great and should go home in a couple of weeks. Mom, dad and big brother Owyn can't wait.