Reporting Elizabeth Hur
By Elizabeth Hur
BENSALEM, Pa. (CBS) — What started as an expectant mother’s evening shower turned into an extraordinary surprise for one Bensalem couple. Her husband had to deliver their baby daughter in their bathroom.
Eyewitness News reporter Elizabeth Hur spoke to the parents of the little girl who couldn’t wait to be born.
“Chris, come here! The baby’s coming now!”
Imagine being on the receiving end of that statement. Christopher Taylor was, and you better believe he sprang into action.
Taylor said, “I said, ‘Alright. Lay down on the ground, I’ll call 911.’”
His fiancé, Ivonne Rodriguez, was in the shower at the time, nursing some irregular contractions.
Rodriguez said, “At that point, I started bleeding, so we weren’t able to make it to the hospital.”
Taylor added, “I looked down, and I saw the baby’s head.”
By that time, Christopher had the 911 dispatcher on the phone, doing his job.
“But because she was coming out so fast, we really didn’t have time to hear all the steps that 911 had,” Rodriguez explained.
Taylor added, “So I said, extremely loud, ‘Skip to step 10, the baby’s head’s coming!’ or, ‘The baby’s head is here.’”
And before they knew it, their new daughter was born in their bathroom.
“It was easier than I thought because I had already been through birth with Jayden,” Rodriguez recalled.
Together for seven years, the couple had their first child, Jayden, five years ago. We’re told he loves being a big brother. As for this whole experience, it may not have been so bad for mom, but the same couldn’t be said for dad.
“It was not easy at all. You have to hold your fear inside, but that was something I never thought I would do. As far as actually delivering the baby, no–I did not imagine that,” Taylor said.
Rodriguez responded, “He did a really good job. I’m very proud of him, and I love him more for doing it.”
Last but not least, the baby’s name: Turns out, big brother Jayden got to name his sister. As a big Star Wars fan, he now has a little sister named Leia who, despite being born a week and a half early, is said to be doing perfectly well.