Emergency Delivery: Riverside Methodist Hospital Baby Born En Route to Hospital

Posted on 15 March 2012 by Birth of a Mom


Excellence in care comes in many forms at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Last month, an RN at Riverside had to think quickly when a family arrived after delivering their baby in the car on the way to the hospital. When Jay Walters, RN met the family at the Riverside entrance he used what he had on him, the string from his ID badge, to tie off the umbilical cord.

This is the Barouxis Family Story:

When Nora Barouxis’s water broke, little did she know that in just two hours, she would deliver her own baby in the car on the way to Riverside Methodist Hospital. Somewhere along Kenny Road, Nora delivered baby Liam on the floor of the family’s car.

When they arrived at the hospital, Nora’s husband, Jimmy, ran in for help. Jay Walters, RN, a member of Riverside’s Rapid Response Team, was the first to arrive. He wrapped baby Liam in Nora’s jacket, but quickly realized Liam was still attached to the umbilical cord. Having no scissors on hand, Jay used the pull string on his ID badge to tie off the cord until Megan Staub, MD, an OB resident, arrived with an emergency kit.

Baby Liam and Nora are doing well, and were overwhelmed by the amazing care they have received at Riverside. They look forward to meeting Jay again and thanking him for his quick thinking.

You can also see the Barouxis’s story on 10tv news – http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2012/02/21/columbus-nurse-uses-id-to-cut-umbilical-cord-of-baby-born-in-car.html.

This story brings up a good point. How can you ensure that you make it to the hospital in time?  As soon as your water breaks you should leave for the hospital. In Nora’s case, her water broke two hours before she delivered. Once your water breaks, the “sack” is now open, which allows the amniotic fluid that the baby is in to leak out. At this time, infection can set in more easily so it is safest to get to the hospital immediately.

Learn more about preparing for your delivery at http://www.birthofamom.com.

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3 Responses to “Emergency Delivery: Riverside Methodist Hospital Baby Born En Route to Hospital”

  1. BEVERLY JOHNSON says:

    Had the same thing happen to me 30 years ago only I was the driver of the car who delivered the baby enroute to the hospital. Mom was the type who didn’t have severe labor pains and should have been at the hospital 2 hours before the first pain. She went on to do it twice more.

  2. ANNE says:

    As long as the baby was crying, breathing and pink, the cord could have stayed intact until they got to the room, however the article doesn’t say what the condition of the baby was upon arrival.

    • ADMIN says:

      First responders are trained to make the best decision for each patient on an individual basis. In this case, the caregiver felt that the cord needed to be cut at the time of arrival.


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