Labour and Delivery

Mom Delivers Own Baby On The Way To The Hospital

Melissa Dunn, 30, a mother of two boys, wasn’t due to deliver her third child until the end of the month but she went into labor unexpectedly about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The couple started to head to the hospital but it was too late.

“I didn’t realize I was in such hard labor, and by the time I did, I said, ‘I need to go right now,'” Melissa Dunn said in a phone interview from her hospital room.

Even though the hospital was only 8 minutes away, Melissa could feel the baby coming as they neared the exit ramp.

The quick thinking mom then grabbed the towel she was sitting on and caught the baby.

Grace Maria Dunn was born weighing 6 pounds, 5 ounces of her. Melissa figures labor lasted a total of 90 minutes.

“She cried. I put my finger in her mouth and moved it around. She did let out a cry and … everything was absolutely perfect. I wrapped her in the towel and held her tight.”

Upon arrival emergency room staffers, ran out to out to help.

The baby did have to undergo a few blood tests because the umbilical cord wasn’t clamped right away, Melissa said, but other than that, she’s expected to be just fine.

Grace will join her brothers Nicholas, 5, and Matt, 13, when Melissa goes home from the hospital in a few days.

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Lisa Arneill

Mom of 2 boys and founder of and World Traveled Family. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!

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