IT’S A GIRL!Published 11:00pm Thursday, March 28, 2013
Father helps deliver daughter in front seat of vehicle
Lyndie Weeks Carson’s family and friends will always remember the morning she was born.
They’ll also remember where she was born – in the front seat of her parents’ Hyundai Santa Fe.
“It was pretty incredible,” said Chuck Carson, Lyndie’s father. “It was a unique experience, for sure, but one that we are very grateful for.”
Chuck Carson and his wife, Megan, were on their way to Dothan after Megan began having contractions.
“Two or three miles south of Troy, it became obvious we were not going to make it,” Carson said.
The couple turned around and headed back to Troy Regional Medical Center.
“We made it as far as the parking lot of the Troy ER and she was coming,” Carson said. “I pulled up right there at the ER door and ran inside to yell, “Help, we’re having a baby.”
Carson hurried back to Megan and there was no time to get her inside. He said it was clear what he role needed to be at that point. Carson and Megan delivered their 8 lbs., 4 oz. daughter with Meghan in the front passenger seat of the vehicle early Wednesday morning. Only 72 minutes elapsed from the time of Megan’s first contraction until Lyndie was born.
Carson said two things come to mind when he thinks about his daughter’s entrance into the world.
“First, God is good. There are a lot of things that can go sideways in a situation like that,” Carson said. “And, my wife is a superstar. She is incredible. To do what she did in all that chaos is admirable, to say the least.”
Carson said the staff at Troy Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room was “incredible” as they took care of baby Lyndie and Megan before arranging for transport to Dothan.
Both mother and daughter are doing well and the family hopes to be home in Troy on Friday. Lyndie even met her big sister Callie, 20 months, on Wednesday.
“All things considered, it was a great experience. It was the best delivery I have ever had. That’s for sure,” Carson laughed.
“Above all, I am just grateful everyone is happy and safe and healthy.”
Carson is the director of development for major gifts for the Troy University Athletics Department. He said he won’t be giving up his day job to go into the baby delivery business.