Surprise de­liv­ery

Woman gives birth in her car on the way to the hos­pi­tal.

Annapolis Valley Register - - FRONT PAGE - BY ASH­LEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA Ash­ley.thomp­son@kingscountynews.ca

Baby Rain Amanda Tani­qua Bella Ethel Olsen had her mother on the edge of the pas­sen­ger seat as she made her fast and fu­ri­ous en­trance into this world dur­ing an un­for­get­table drive along High­way 101.

Rain’s mother, Ocean John­stone, felt an un­re­lent­ing need to push in the hours lead­ing up to her baby be­ing born en route to Val­ley Re­gional Hos­pi­tal.

She planned to spend the night at her boyfriend’s place in Mid­dle­ton af­ter vis­it­ing the Kentville-based hos­pi­tal at about 8:30 p.m. May 14 to see if the bad cramp­ing and back pain was re­lated to con­trac­tions. It was de­ter­mined the con­trac­tions were not cause for concern at that time, and she was sent home.

“When we got home it got a lot worse, so I tried a heat­ing pad, and I drank a cup of water and I got in the tub. When I got in the tub it got re­ally, re­ally bad and I couldn’t han­dle it,” the 17-year-old re­called.

“It was ex­cru­ci­at­ing at first.” She hopped in a car with her boyfriend – 19-year-old Austin Olsen – and his mother to head for the hos­pi­tal af­ter her water broke at about 3 a.m. May 15.

“I was scared to death,” she said.

“I guess I got a headache from all of the pain and my hands started hurt­ing be­cause I was grip­ping on the car.”

She re­mem­bers her pas­sen­gers seem­ing quiet, but she also re­calls her screams fill­ing the void.

“Austin got all pale and it looked like his eyes were go­ing to pop out of his head,” she said.

“Every time the cramp or con­trac­tion hap­pened, I felt like I was go­ing to push some­thing out.”

A five-pound baby girl made her surprise ap­pear­ance near the High­way 101 exit for Cold­brook.

“At like 3:45 I re­ally pushed and she like slid out with a bunch of water and blood,” John­stone re­called.

“Austin said he was re­ally shocked and, when I had her,

all he could think about was whether or not the baby was OK. To me, it looked like he was shocked, scared, ner­vous and happy.”

They wrapped the baby to keep her warm, and paramedics ar­rived min­utes later to cut the um­bil­i­cal cord.

John­stone’s mother, Amanda San­ford, was on the phone with her daugh­ter many times through­out the evening and met ev­ery­one at the hos­pi­tal af­ter the road­side de­liv­ery.

“They were both very shocked. It was sur­real for ev­ery­body – a lot of emo­tions,” said San­ford, who is from Green­wood.

Baby Rain, born at 32 weeks, was flown to the IWK Health Cen­tre in Halifax.

“It was very event­ful and ev­ery­body seems to be do­ing well,” said San­ford.

“They said that she seems to be do­ing ev­ery­thing that she

should be do­ing for her age.”

The fam­ily was told Rain, who is named af­ter grand­moth­ers and an aunt, would likely be mon­i­tored in the hos­pi­tal for a cou­ple of weeks be­fore re­turn­ing to Kentville.

“I am very ex­cited. It’s been over­whelm­ing,” said San­ford, who was in­ter­viewed hours af­ter the new ad­di­tion took ev­ery­one by surprise.

“She is very loved and she’s com­ing into a big fam­ily full of girls. I have six kids my­self and five of them are girls, so she’s def­i­nitely go­ing to fit in.”

As for the new par­ents, John­stone said they’re start­ing to see the hu­mour in the ex­cite­ment around their baby’s birth now that things have set­tled a bit.

“She’s good,” said John­stone. “She’s per­fectly healthy.”

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Ocean John­stone and Austin Olsen visit with their new­born baby girl, Rain. Rain was de­liv­ered dur­ing a drive along High­way 101 while her par­ents were rush­ing to Val­ley Re­gional Hos­pi­tal in Kentville in the wee morn­ing hours May 15.

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New mom Ocean John­stone holds her daugh­ter, Rain. John­stone gave birth in the car while trav­el­ling be­tween the ex­its for Ber­wick and Cold­brook on High­way 101 en route to Val­ley Re­gional Hos­pi­tal in Kentville May 15.

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Baby Rain Amanda Tani­qua Bella Ethel Olsen John­stone was born to Ocean John­stone and Austin Olsen dur­ing an early-morn­ing drive along High­way 101 May 15.

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