Sarah Rose and David Patrick knew they’d be required to put on masks on the hospital throughout the supply of their son, however they by no means imagined that they’d use one to bind his umbilical cord.
They additionally by no means pictured being out within the chilly after they welcomed their son. Yet that was their actuality over Mother’s Day weekend.
Sarah Rose Patrick went into labor greater than every week earlier than her May 17 due date.
“She wakes me up at 1 a.m. Saturday and says that she has been pacing on the bedroom and bathroom floor for the past few hours,” David Patrick mentioned in a telephone interview Friday.
She additionally advised him the contractions have been occurring extra steadily and that they wanted to go see their physician. They left their kids, 3-year-old Hadassah and 1-year-old Asher, with their paternal grandparents and rapidly went to Baptist Health Louisville.
When they arrived on the facility, each in masks, they tried to enter the labor and supply unit, David Patrick mentioned, however they have been met with locked doorways.
“The first doors opened,” he mentioned. “The second set were locked.”
They tried one other entrance but it surely was additionally locked.
“I tell my wife, ‘We need to just go back to the car and go to the emergency room because we know they’ll be open,'” David Patrick mentioned.
Before they might make it to the automobile, her water broke.
“It was 30 or 40 degrees,” she mentioned, “the coldest night we have had in a while.”
The couple have been within the center of the road on pavement, David Patrick mentioned. His spouse had almost collapsed.
“She sits down and then lays down in fetal position in the street,” he mentioned.
He known as 911 and a dispatcher advised him an ambulance was being despatched.
David Patrick mentioned he put his telephone on speaker to hold his palms free and take course from the dispatcher till the ambulance arrived.
But the newborn got here first.
Sarah Rose Patrick screamed in ache.
“I’m a financial educator, I’m not a doctor, so I don’t know a good scream from a painful scream,” David Patrick mentioned.
The dispatcher instructed him to take away his spouse’s pants. “My wife, in between screams, says: ‘Please no,'” he mentioned.
But the dispatcher advised them that if the newborn is coming, they want to clear a path for him. David Patrick rapidly stripped off his spouse’s pants to discover the highest of his son’s head.
About 15 seconds later, the remaining of his son’s head got here out.
“I said to the dispatcher, ‘I see my son’s head,” he recalled Friday. “In 5 or 10 seconds, the rest of his body slips out like a wet fish.”
The 911 dispatcher then directed him to wipe the newborn’s face and mouth.
“I was glad I didn’t have my head turned,” he mentioned. “This came on extremely unexpectedly.”
After the newborn was born, he handed him to his spouse. David Patrick mentioned he took off his leather-based jacket to hold their son, who they named Navi, and his spouse, who was coatless, heat.
The dispatcher then advised him to bind the umbilical cord. He rummaged by his spouse’s in a single day bag however couldn’t discover one of the masks his grandmother had knitted for them to shield in opposition to the unfold of the coronavirus.
Sarah Rose Patrick took her mask off and handed it to her husband, who used it to tie off the umbilical cord. By that point, the ambulance arrived, as did nurses from Baptist Health Louisville who took the household contained in the hospital they might not enter earlier.
Sarah Rose Patrick, who turned 36 on Monday, mentioned she believes this can be their final little one. And she is for certain final weekend will go down because the mom of all weekends.