Off-Duty Nurse Delivers Baby At Target When Mom Realizes She Won't Make It To The Hospital In Time

Pregnant women can go into labor just about any time and in any place—from a car wash, Sesame Place to library.

In this piece, we are going to share with you a story of one pregnant mom in Georgia, whose baby made an entrance in one of the world’s most unusual places, Target.

The story is certainly one of the most interesting and has the sweetest happy ending ever!

On Aug. 25, 2017, Tanya Saint Preux Picault woke up and decided to go shopping at Target. She was having a really good time shopping when she suddenly started feeling contraction pains. She took a rest thinking that the contractions would go away.

She was wrong! A few minutes later, her water broke. Fortunately, a fellow shopper, Lisa Bozeman, noticed Tanya was in pain and approached her. One look at Tanya and she knew straight away she had to call her daughter, Caris Lockwood, a Piedmont Atlanta Hospital labor and delivery nurse.

Caris was shopping for shoes when her mother called her to help Tanya. Caris helped Tanya walk to the car park, where she helped her deliver. The child was named Maleek. When the paramedics arrived, they let the young nurse cut the umbilical cord before they took her to the hospital.

Speaking of the experience, Caris was very happy and grateful that she was there to help Tanya deliver her new baby. 

"[I] truly believe it was one of those moments where God placed the right people in the right place at the right time," Lockwood told Fox 5.

Tanya was also happy, as she made it to the hospital with a healthy baby in her arms. She was also very grateful that Caris was there to help her bring her baby into the world. She also recorded every part of the experience so she can show it to Maleek when he grows up.

That was an interesting story, right? If you are expectant, this story has probably made you wonder what would happen if you go into labor when you’re by yourself and can’t get to a hospital. But don’t worry! Here is a step-by-step rundown of what you should do.

Call 911

The first thing you need to do is call 911. Tell them about the situation and ask them to send paramedics immediately. Stay Calm And Know This Is Natural.

No matter what happens, try to stay calm.

Remember: Your body is built for this and knows how to do this!

If The Baby Starts To Arrive, Push Slowly.

If baby starts to arrive, push slowly; this will help ease him out gently. Do not pull since you could risk damaging your delicate tissues. Once the baby is out, towel him off; it’ll help keep him warm and calm.

Don’t cut the umbilical cord. Doing so could expose your baby to infection. Wait for the paramedics; they will cut it in a sterile fashion.

What did you think about this story? Have you ever had any similar experiences? Let us know in the comments - and pass this along to your friends and family to see for themselves! 

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