Robert and Falon Griffin were en route to the hospital to deliver their baby when they made a quick stop at Chick-fil-A to drop their kids off with friends. Realizing she had to use the washroom Falon banged on the glass, and the staff let her in.
“Chick-fil-A was closed, it was way past 10,” Robert said. “We were able to bang on the door because she kept saying she kept saying she had to go to the bathroom.”
“And I was very insistent,” Falon added.
Thankfully the off-the-clock staff let the couple in because the pit-stop quickly turned serious. “I couldn’t hold anything in,” Falon said.
After kissing the kids goodbye he went to find his wife, only to be notified by the manager, “she’s in the restroom and she’s screaming”.
After entering the tiny stall he quickly realized they were not having their baby at the hospital.
“I can see just the top of Gracelyn’s head, just barely crowning, but I knew we couldn’t go anywhere. So I told her, ‘Sweetie, we’re gonna do something great, and we’re gonna do it right here and we’re gonna do it right now,'” Robert said.
Brenda, the restaurant’s drive-thru director, is used to delivering orders – but not orders like this!
“I hear high pitched screaming and I was like, okay – this is serious. This is happening. And I got on the phone with a 9-1-1 dispatcher,” she told WFMY News. “Assistance to the dispatcher over what color is the baby, is it crying,” she said.
As his baby girl was emerging Robert realized her umbilical cord was twice wrapped around her neck. Trying not to alarm his wife, he asked her to try to relax for a minute as he unwrapped the cord from the baby’s neck. With two more strong pushes, and using his shirt for a towel, out came Gracelyn Mae Violet Griffin.
“I couldn’t control it,” Falon said. “I was basically straddled the toilet – I wasn’t even sitting down. I was literally standing giving birth, with one hand on the wall and one hand holding her head.”
The entire process lasted just six minutes, the family estimated.
While they waited for the paramedics to arrive Chick-fil-A staff warmed up white towels in the kitchen and keep bringing them over.
Emergency responders cut the cord while they were still in the bathroom.
And extra special part is that Gracie’s birth certificate reads “Born in Chick-Fil-A” and the hospital had Robert sign the birth certificate as the attending physician.
Chick-fil-A has reportedly gifted the newborn with free Chick-fil-A for life and has guaranteed her the first job when she turns 16.
last night I delivered our baby girl IN THE BATHROOM AT A CHICK-FIL-A! Here’s what happened: Maggie and I loaded up the car last night to go to the hospital for delivery, and we were dropping off our daughters with a friend who was meeting us at Chick-Fil-A to pick them up. By the time we got to the restaurant , Maggie was in active labor and said she REALLY had to go to the bathroom. But it was after 10pm and Chick-Fil-A was closed. After banging on the glass, the staff answered the door and let Maggie in. I loaded the kids into our friends car, kissed them goodnight, and went in to find Maggie. The manager said “she’s in the restroom and she’s screaming”. So there we were…..my wife and I in a tiny stall in the bathroom, and I could see the top of our little girls head crowning as maggie was straddling the toilet. I told Maggie, “sweetie, we are gonna have to do this right here, right now”. After shouting to the manager to call 911 and to bring any clean towels, Maggie and I started delivering our baby. When she got to the shoulders, I realized the chord was wrapped around her neck TWICE. didn’t want to alert my wife, so just told her try to relax for a minute and I was somehow able to unwrap the chord from the baby’s neck. With two more strong pushes, and using my shirt for a towel, out came Gracelyn Mae Violet Griffin. Paramedics arrived 15 minutes later so we kept her warm by having the chick fil a staff warm up white towels in the kitchen and keep bringing them to us. We were also on speaker phone relating vitals to the first responders who were on their way. For all the chaos, we all did amazing. Cut the chord while still in the bathroom, kept Gracie stable and mom calm, and it all worked out….not as planned, but everyone’s healthy. Her birth certificate reads “Born in Chick-Fil-A” and The hospital had me sign the birth certificate as the attending physician. ? I thinks it’s pretty ironic that a proud conservative, Christian family would have a baby in a Chick-Fil-A, and wrapped in a Trump 2020 T-shirt! BOOM #maga #mywifesthebest #chickfila #texas??