‘Nerve-wracking’ delivery has happy ending
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.”
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EARLY ARRIVAL: Baby Lyse caused a lot of excitement when she arrived ahead of schedule, prompting a rare roadside delivery.
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.