Dad Delivers

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 11:13am

Oregon man rings in New Year by delivering daughter.

"I had one contraction that made me go, 'Oh my God, I need to get dressed right now!'" Amy Hale recalls.

Hale's baby wasn't due until Wednesday, so when the Bend mom started feeling labor pains on New Year's Eve, she thought she had some time to wash up before heading to the hospital.

Little did she know little Alia Lee had some other plans.

"I was walking out the door, she was walking back in, and she said, 'The baby's coming!' I didn't know what she meant -- and I looked down, and there was the top of the baby's head," said Joe Hale.

With no time to spare, Joe was in unfamiliar territory, and at 3:00 in the morning on New Year's
Day, he started playing "Doctor Dad."

"So I told her to get on the floor -- I mean, we were right inside our front door," Joe recalled.
"By that time, one arm was out, and the baby's whole head. So I told her to push -- and one push, and there she was."

A 6-pound 15-ounce, 19-inch healthy baby girl.

With time to finally call 911, Joe followed the dispatcher's advice.

"The operator told me to cut off the umbilical cord," he said. "And I was frantic at that point, and I couldn't find anything. So she told me to take my shoelace out of my shoe, and so we tied off the umbilical cord with my shoelace."

Alia now shares a holiday birthday with her older sister, Jada, who was born on Valentine's Day three years ago.

"I wanted Alia to be born on New Year's Eve, because then it's always going to be a party on her birthday," Joe said. "But New Year's Day is close enough."

The Hales can't wait to tell her how she came into the world.

"As scary as it was, now that it's over with, I wouldn't have wanted it any other way," Joe Hale said. "It ended up being a really cool experience, I mean, how often do you get to say you delivered your own baby?"

Mom, dad and baby are doing just fine. and big sister Jada is very excited to have a little
playmate.
 

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