Dad delivers baby at unexpected home birth

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by Christine LaCroix

AZ FAMILY

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 9:13 PM

SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. -- Lizeth Jarman went from her water breaking to holding her new daughter in five minutes flat, and her husband Spencer helped deliver the baby unexpectedly at home.

The Jarmans had planned to go to the hospital to deliver. They had done it once before with their two-year-old son Eli, and thought they knew what to expect with baby Amelia.
 
“Doctors deliver babies at the hospital, not dads at home,” said Spencer Jarman. “This just doesn’t happen to people. This happens in the movies.”
 
It all started Wednesday at around 4 in the morning.
 
“I was having contractions, but then they got really sporadic. Twenty minutes apart, 10 minutes apart. So I was a little bummed, thinking I’m not going to have my baby today,” said Lizeth Jarman.
 
The contractions went away entirely, so that afternoon the couple took a walk around their neighborhood. When they got home Lizeth started feeling the contractions again.
 
“I had this really hard contraction and in my head I thought I can’t do this. I need to go to the hospital,” said Lizeth.
 
She had her husband put their luggage in the car, but by the time he got back, it was too late.
 
“'My water broke' she said. She says, 'I feel like I need to push,'” said Spencer. “Uh, no! Don’t push! Just hold on.”
 
Spencer called 911, and the operator talked him through the delivery.
 
“I look and the baby is crowning. Oh, this isn’t happening, this isn’t happening,” said Spencer.
 
Two-year-old Eli was also in the room at that point.
 
“Our son is in the room at this time and he’s screaming and freaks out,” said Spencer. “He’s screaming, she’s screaming, I’m losing my mind. I don’t know what to do.”
 
Instinct must have kicked in, because Spencer helped deliver six pound, eight ounce Amelia.
 
“I look over and the head is sticking out, so I grab her by the neck and kind of wiggle her and pull her out,” he said.
 
Paramedics arrived moments later and took Lizeth and Amelia to the Banner E. Del Webb Medical Center in Sun City West. It was not the hospital they had planned to deliver at, but the Jarmans were welcomed with open arms.
 
“They’ve really taken care of us,” said Spencer.
 
Both mom and baby are perfectly healthy and will return home Friday. Spencer is a little shaken up by the experience, but says he is now glad he has such an interesting story to tell.
 
“I guess we got a cool bonding experience, father and daughter,” Spencer said.

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