By Leigh Ann Rutledge
October 22, 2013
|Libby Teeter holds daughter, Amelia, while husband, Tyler, holds their son, Olin. The family is shown with the Ford F-250 truck where Libby gave birth to Amelia Sept. 26.
Babies are born everyday in hi-tech, state of the art delivery rooms, with doctors and nurses on hand to ensure a safe delivery.
Amelia Marie Teeter was born Sept. 26, 2013, in an unexpected “birthing suite” with a very special attending physician. No monitors, doctors, nurses, or epidurals. Just her mom and her dad in a Ford F-250.
Libby and husband, Tyler Teeter of Canton Rd., Carrollton, were expecting their second child Sept. 28. The couple visited the obstetrician/ gynecologist earlier in the day and ran errands afterward. When Tyler asked the doctor when they may have a baby, she said she didn’t know and scheduled Libby an appointment the following week. They arrived home and Libby took a nap. Tyler worked outside and had a truckload of firewood he was going to leave set and unload later but something told him to go ahead and unload the truck.
Libby had been seeing a chiropractor in Carrollton to keep her back in alignment. “The doctor told me having my back in line would help make delivery quick and easy,” she said. “He also said if I start having contractions to get to the hospital because I may not make it.”
The couple had family coming over for pizza when Libby began having contractions. At 7:15 p.m., she told Tyler the contractions were about five minutes apart. Tyler finished supper, packed Libby’s bag and got ready to go. Libby called her dad, Robert “Buck” Brooks, to tell him the contractions seemed to be speeding up.
Tyler helped Libby into the truck and she found she couldn’t find a comfortable position to sit in the seat so she leaned into the seat partially facing backwards. Two miles down the road on SR 43, Libby’s contractions are still five to six minutes apart. Both of them were thinking things were all right.
At the light in Malvern, Libby had a contraction that wouldn’t stop. “The situation took a 180 turn,” said Tyler. “I wanted to get her to the hospital, get her an epidural. I was driving fast and by the time we were at the light in Waynesburg, I was getting nervous.”
“My water broke at the Farmer’s Exchange,” said Libby. “I told him we still have time. By the time we reached the ATV repair shop up the road, things didn’t seem right. I told Tyler, I’m having a baby.”
Tyler is a trained firefighter and paramedic who has been on numerous ambulance calls for Jackson Twp. Fire Department, including transporting women in labor to the hospital. He pulled over in a yard and ran around the truck to find the door locked. “I am sure people didn’t know what to think,” laughed Tyler. “I am running around the truck and Libby’s screaming!”
“I called my dad and told him we’re on the side of the road having the baby,” stated Libby. “Get here now. I trusted Tyler but I wanted my dad there. I knew the minute he got there everything would be all right.”
Tyler flagged down a car and asked the man to call 911. “I told him my wife is having a baby,” he explained. “The man did not get out of his car but stayed parked in front of us the entire time. At one time, I heard him saying something about SR 44 and I was yelling, ‘No, we are on Route 43. Send Quad Ambulance from Waynesburg’.”
After approximately three pushes and thirty seconds, the baby was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck twice.
“I finally got the cord unwrapped but she was purple,” said Tyler. “We wiped her mouth and patted her feet but she was quiet. Then Libby gave her a pat on the back and she began to cry.”
They smiled and looked at each other, saying it was the most beautiful sound in the world. They weren’t prepared for a delivery in the front seat of the truck and didn’t even have a blanket to wrap the baby in so they wrapped her in Tyler’s coat and turned the heat on high.
Seeing his wife and baby were fine, Tyler went from nervous, anxious father to trained firefighter and paramedic. “I went to the man and called 911 again telling them the baby was born and I am a paramedic.”
He continued, “The man who called 911 for me asked, ‘What is it?’ I’m thinking a baby. Then I realized I didn’t know if we had a son or daughter. I walked over to Libby and asked and I could tell by the smile on her face, mommy was holding a little girl.”
The couple does not know who the man was but would really like to thank him. “He was like a guardian angel,” Libby said. “Believe it or not, we did not pass another car along the way.”
Quad Ambulance arrived with John Bagozzi on duty. (Bagozzi, from Carrollton, is a member of the Carrollton Village Fire Department along with Tyler.)
“I was in work mode,” said Tyler. “I put the clamps on and John cut the cord. I got the cot out, took Libby’s vitals and started her IV.”
Mother and baby were transported to Aultman Hospital where a team of doctors and nurses and other medical personnel were waiting. Other than cleaning Amelia up, there was nothing for them to do.
Amelia, born at 8:57 p.m., weighed eight pounds, two ounces and measured 20 and one-half inches long. Mother and daughter stayed in the hospital less than 48 hours.
Sitting in their living room three weeks later while their son, Olin, 2, played with tractors, the couple laugh at the story. “It sounds unbelievable,” they said. “But it happened.”
“For everything that could have gone wrong, everything went right,” said Libby. “It happened so fast. I didn’t even have any pain which my doctor said was because my adrenaline was so high. We are so blessed everything went so smooth.”
Later the couple found out the woman whose yard they were parked in came out and asked Brooks what was going on. He explained his daughter gave birth in the truck. The couple stopped to visit her after being released from the hospital. They also found out the woman living next door was a labor and delivery nurse for several years but didn’t know what was going on and didn’t come out.
“When we first came home, I kept telling Tyler, I am going to wake up tomorrow and still be pregnant,” said Libby. “It seemed like a crazy dream.”
Since Amelia was born on the side of the road, she didn’t leave the hospital with a birth certificate. The Stark County Health Department will issue one in the future. A department employee said she hadn’t had a birth certificate request like this in the eight years she had been employed there.
Libby said they had picked the name Amelia out before Olin was born and thinks she is living up to her name.
“Between adrenaline and visiting the chiropractor, Amelia is living up to her famous name,” chuckled Libby, Just like the famous flyer from the 1930s, “She flew here fast.”