‘Nerve-wrack­ing’ de­liv­ery has happy end­ing

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Melina De­coeur Pas­tor reck­oned she had am­ple time to get ready to de­liver her sec­ond child.

The Green Val­ley woman’s baby was not due to ar­rive un­til May 20.

But her baby was ob­vi­ously ea­ger to come into the world.

On the af­ter­noon of May 8, Mrs. De­coeur Pas­tor be­gan hav­ing con­trac­tions. But even then she saw no rea­son to rush to the hospi­tal.

She put her two-year-old son, Zakary, down for a nap. “I started cramp­ing.” At about 3:30 p.m. con­trac­tions were now two to five min­utes apart. “I called the hospi­tal in Corn­wall. She was com­ing.”

An am­bu­lance was dis­patched. Her hus­band, Ni­co­las, rushed home from work in Corn­wall. Mid­wife, So­phie Taille­fer, of Corn­wall, ar­rived.

“At that point, I knew that we didn’t have a lot of time. Your body tells you what is go­ing to hap­pen,” says Mrs. De­coeur Pas­tor. An am­bu­lance pulled up. They all piled into the am­bu­lance -- the par­ents, the mid­wife and two paramedics were tak­ing sec­ondary roads to avoid con­struc­tion de­lays.

Mrs. De­coeur Pas­tor knew that her baby would likely be de­liv­ered some­where be­tween their home and the hospi­tal.

But she was calm com­pared to some oth­ers. “My hus­band was more stressed than me,” she re­marks. “It was a big panic,” con­firms Mr. Pas­tor. The am­bu­lance is speed­ing down the road, emer­gency lights are flash­ing.

At about 4:30 p.m., the am­bu­lance stops at the in­ter­sec­tion of County Roads 18 and 20, baby Lyse, weigh­ing six pounds, 11 ounces, lets out a cry to an­nounce her ar­rival.

“It was nerve-wrack­ing but it all ended well,” ob­serves the proud fa­ther. “One of the paramedics said that in all his 30 years, he only knows of some­thing like this hap­pen­ing twice.”

Paramedics Ghis­lain Claude and Doug Green were “awe­some,” adds Mr. Pas­tor.

Ev­ery­one is do­ing well. He points that in the years to come, “Lyse is go­ing to have a cool story to tell about the day she was born.”

RICHARD MA­HONEY PHOTO

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EARLY AR­RIVAL: Baby Lyse caused a lot of ex­cite­ment when she ar­rived ahead of sched­ule, prompt­ing a rare road­side de­liv­ery.

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ROAD­SIDE DE­LIV­ERY: Paramedics Doug Green, Ghis­lain Claude (above), mid­wife So­phie Taille­fer, with Melina De­coeur Pas­tor, helped de­liver Lyse, who was wel­comed by fa­ther, Ni­co­las, and brother, Zakary.

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