Eden teen delivers her new cousin
EDEN, Utah – Laura Creager was taking her daughters to a friend’s house on Saturday, when she unexpectedly went into labor. As she came upon her sister in-law’s house, she realized she needed to make a quick detour. By then she had already had two contractions.
“I’m almost to her house, and I had another (third) contraction, and I started crying,” Creager said. “Then all my little girls started crying, and I was like, ‘It’s OK. We’re fine.'”
Creager’s 7-year-old daughter, Adriana, ran to the door. Creager’s sister in-law wasn’t home, but Creager’s 16-year-old niece, Morlie Hayes was.
“She was like, ‘My mom’s outside! She’s going to have her baby!’ And I was like, ‘Aaah!'” Hayes said.
As Hayes called 911, Creager walked inside to go to the bathroom.
“And then my water broke,” Creager said. All the while, she said, her niece remained calm.
“She’s like, ‘Aunt Laura, can you lay down,” Creager continued. “I pushed, because I had another really strong contraction, and the baby came right out and started crying.”
By that time, Hayes’s mother had come home and grabbed some towels. Hayes said she grabbed a towel, and cleaned off the baby as she held her.
“It was an amazing experience,” Hayes said. “It was cool to be able to be there.”
Coincidentally, Hayes had just finished a childbirth class at her high school. She said her recent lesson helped.
“I was making sure the umbilical cord was OK,” Hayes said. “And making sure the baby was a good color. It was cool to actually see it in real life.”
Laura Creager, and her husband, Wendell decided to name their new daughter “Kayla.”
“And her middle name is Faith,” Creager said. “Because all of us had so much faith and work to get through this.”
Wendell Creager was in Salt Lake City when he got word from his sister that his daughter had been born.
“I actually texted her back and said, ‘liar.’ I thought she was pulling my chain and just kind of messing with me,” he said.
Wendell rushed up to Ogden Regional Medical Center, getting there about 15 minutes after his wife and child did, he said.
While a bathroom floor might not seem to be the ideal delivery room, both parents say they’re grateful for the turn of events.
“If we would have been going through the canyon, we would have been stopped about the dam or the canyon,” Laura Creager explained. “You don’t get service in there at some spots.”
For her part in the delivery, Hayes was able to sign Kayla’s birth certificate Monday.
“It was a neat experience,” she said. “It was cool to be able to be there for my cousin’s birth.”
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