January 12, 2018 06:03 PM
Snow, blankets and a hockey skate lace were all part of a baby's birth in Oak Grove Thursday morning.
Hubbard affiliate KAAL-TV reports 34-year-old Nicole Howard began having contractions at her Oak Grove home at midnight Thursday.
Although her official due date was Jan. 19, Howard woke her husband, Kyle, deciding it was time to go to the hospital. As they were preparing to leave, Nicole's water broke outside their house.
"Kyle asked what he should do and I told him to call 911 and that the baby was coming," Nicole told KAAL-TV. "He ran to his truck and got a flashlight and laid blankets and towels down for me."
Kyle was on the phone with the emergency operator giving their address and Nicole's contraction information when Nicole said she couldn't wait any longer.
"The baby slid right into his arms, all while (he had) the phone propped between his ear and shoulder and flashlight in his mouth," Nicole told KAAL-TV.
Nicole said baby Howard was delivered at 1:45 a.m. and the first responding officer arrived a minute later. She said her husband ran to his truck and grabbed his new hockey skate to use the lace to tie off the cord while the officer held the baby.
Nicole and baby were taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, where they are both healthy.
Nicole and Kyle told KAAL they are thankful for the quick response from local authorities and EMTs, especially in light of the snow and icy road conditions that morning.
Updated: January 12, 2018 06:03 PM
Created: January 12, 2018 12:31 PM
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