A Vernon mom made an unexpected delivery Saturday.
Sara Adams didn’t quite make it to the hospital, in fact she only got to the sidewalk outside of her 32nd Avenue townhome. There, she gave birth to her daughter with the help of her sister-in-law, who even tied off the umbilical cord with a shoelace.
Sara and her husband, Jim Channon, had every intention of having their baby in a hospital. But as it turned out, Sadie Elizabeth Kylah Channon had different plans.
‘Sidewalk Sadie,’ as she is adoringly referred to by her family, wasn’t even due until today.
So when Sara started having contractions Saturday, amidst renovating her kitchen, she was a little surprised, but thought nothing of it since they were far enough apart. She also recalled the excruciatingly long labour of her two-year-old son Landon and figured she had plenty of time before they needed to call the midwife.
Before she knew it, the contractions were five minutes apart, which meant it was time to head to the hospital.
“By the time we got to the front door I told Jim he had to carry me,” said Sara, 25.
Jim carried his wife down the steps in front of their house and was headed for their van when they were suddenly stopped short.
“‘Put me down, I’m going to have it right here,’” Jim recalls his wife telling him.
Resting against the cold cement, her head in a bed of rocks, Sara could barely believe what was happening herself.
“Is this actually happening right now? Am I really going to have my baby on the sidewalk?”
Luckily, Sara’s sister-in-law Kylah Adams – a first-year nursing student – was at the house, as she had planned to watch Landon while they went to the hospital.
“You’re going to have to catch my baby,” Sara told her.
Kylah immediately ordered Jim inside to call 911 and grab blankets.
“I remember looking up at Sara, tilting her head up and saying, ‘look at me, we’re going to do this, we’re going to be fine,’” said 23-year-old Kylah, who hadn’t even learned any maternity or pediatric care in school yet, let alone delivered a baby.
Yet adrenaline kicked her into action, which was needed promptly as the baby was delivered in just two pushes. Kylah caught her niece, promptly placing her on Sara’s chest and then got to work tying off the umbilical cord using Sara’s shoelace.
“It was only a matter of seconds and she was out,” said Sara.
The event was so quick that even Jim missed the birth.
“I came out with the blankets and she had already had it.”
Sadie, weighing eight pounds, 11 ounces, and perfectly healthy, made her big arrival at approximately 5:40 p.m. Her unexpected delivery was made even more of a surprise to her parents, who were pleased to discover a baby girl.
In the meantime, an audience of neighbours were watching the event unfold, from a distance.
Inside the Adam townhome, little Landon’s face was pressed against the window.
Although he was more enthralled with the fire trucks and ambulance, Landon is thrilled with the new addition at home.
“He’s really happy with his new sister,” said Jim. “He took to her right away.”
The new family is most thankful for the quick actions of Kylah, whose name was appropriately added to Sadie’s middle name.
Now, they are hoping the city might let them mark that memorable piece of sidewalk with Sadie’s footsteps.
“And I want to have her first birthday cake right there on that sidewalk,” said Jim.