When they went to the hospital, the woman’s pains were getting worse and worse, she already knew that this child would be born on the way.
Ryan Thompson, the head of UPS, has performed many types of delivery services in his life, but the most memorable trip of all was when his son was born.
Ryan and his wife, Gayla Thompson, 29, were on their way to the hospital when Gaya felt strong contractions in the front seat of the Jeep Wrangler.
“We were only halfway to the hospital, but I knew it wasn’t even half a joke,” Gayla said.
The uterine contractions were increasing. “That was the sign when we knew that the baby really wanted to come out and that we certainly wouldn’t make it to the hospital. Ryan thought he’d better hit the gas harder or call 911 if all the ropes broke. She didn’t believe that labor had already started,” Gayla wrote on Facebook.
They knew they had no time to waste, and their hunch was indeed confirmed. “I concentrated on driving, but I was aware that big things could happen here. The next moment I looked to the side, a small man was facing me from Gaya’s seat. I immediately pulled over to the side of the road and did whatever the 911 dispatcher instructed. The first minutes were terrible, as the ᴜᴍʙɪʟɪᴄᴀʟ ᴄᴏʀᴅ was wrapped around his neck and he was blue for 2-3 minutes,” recalled Ryan.
In the last minutes, Gayla’s strength ran out, so Ryan finally had to help her son into the world. “I grabbed his little shoulder and helped him out with one movement. I didn’t know what to do at this point, but I was sure that it was best to place the baby on the mother’s body. I began to rub and caress the little body, until finally it cried. It was the sweetest sound I ever heard.”
“It was scary, but it felt amazing,” Ryan said of his son’s birth.
Ambulances arrived minutes later and took the mother and the newborn to the hospital. “My wife is a real star, she was able to cope with the contractions, the pain and gave birth to our child in a car,” said the proud husband and father.