By Judy Reed
Most moms remember the birth of their first baby like it was yesterday. But new mom Sarah Kerr, 22, of Cedar Springs, will have a unique story to share with her daughter.
According to Sarah, she went to the hospital Friday evening, November 15, thinking her water broke. The hospital sent her home, saying it hadn’t. “I was home all that day (the 16th) having labor pains, until I couldn’t take the pain anymore that night and told my mom it was time to go,” explained Sarah.
Sarah said she was shaking when she got in the truck. She and her mom, Kathy Koster, left their home at Church and Seventh Street, and headed to Spectrum United Hospital in Greenville. They made it only a little over a mile when Sarah started screaming and her mom had to pull over in front of Northland Estates Mobile Home park on Northland Drive. It was about 2:40 a.m.
“I felt the head coming, and by the time my mom got around to my side of the truck, the head was out and she helped pull the baby the rest of the way out,” explained Sarah. “She wrapped it then told me to call 911 so they could tell her what else to do.”
Cedar Springs Police Officers Mike and Mandy Stahl both reported to the scene, and Officer Mandy made sure the baby was breathing. “She made sure it had a clear airway, was on its side, rubbed its back, and kept it warm until the ambulance arrived,” said Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent.
“It was crazy having it in a truck,” remarked Sarah. “I was completely scared because I didn’t know if it would be ok. But I was excited after I heard her cry.”
Sarah’s baby girl, Nevaeh (heaven spelled backward), was perfect, she said. She weighed in at 5 pounds, 13 oz, and was 18-1/2 inches long.
She said her mom is excited about the baby, too. “She had one born on her birthday, and this one she got to deliver. That’s pretty special.”
Asked whether she would do it that way again, Sarah’s answer was surprising. “It was pretty easy compared to being in the hospital where they have all kinds of things hooked up to you. Maybe not in the truck, but maybe I’d do it at home instead,” she said.