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Heroic nurses help mom giving birth in hospital parking garage

A Tulsa family had a Christmas surprise earlier this month when their baby made a much faster entrance into the world than expected. Leah and Stephen Adwell were expecting their second son, Desmond, and made their way to Ascension St. John Medical Center when labor began. They thought they had time, but Desmond had other ideas.

“With our first delivery, it was a very long, kind of difficult delivery,” Leah told Fox23. “So we expected it to take more time.” But the delivery couldn’t have gone more differently this time around. At 7:30 in the morning on December 6th, they left to go to the hospital. By 7:43, Desmond was born.

“We pulled in, and he was going to help me inside, and I said, just go get somebody, because I couldn’t get out at that point,” she continued. “I remember I just kept saying, my body’s pushing, and I can’t stop it!”

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So Stephen ran into the hospital, yelling for help. Registered nurse Jodi Sherwood was helping other patients in the waiting room, but when she heard Stephen’s calls for help, she went outside to see if she could help. “I approached mom, and saw that baby was crowning, and there’s no stopping,” she told Fox23. “Baby was coming.” Sherwood had been working at Ascension St. John for 12 years, but before this, she had never delivered a baby before — so she had to rely on her training to get Leah through the delivery.

“These are the moments we kind of train for, and you never think you’re actually going to use your training,” she said. “And my priority was just making sure mom was safe and baby was safe.” Anya Chudnaya, an emergency room nurse assistant, soon came to help, ready to take Desmond once he’d been delivered. “I remember looking at dad, and he was kind of standing there, in awe, probably, or shock, or both, and I just remember taking him by the shoulders, and looking him in the eyes, and saying, you are a dad!” Chudnaya told Fox23, laughing.

“There’s not really words,” Leah said of her miracle delivery. “Other than just, how much that meant to me.”

For Sherwood, the delivery was a much-needed moment of positivity after a very hard year. “It’s been challenging,” she said. “It’s been a long few months. And we’re all really tried. Everyone is. But being on the front line, getting to experience something like life, it just makes you remember why you’re in this profession and why you come to work every day.”

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