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Baby born on roadside doing fine

A couple from Alix tried as they might, but their baby-to-be just wouldn’t have it.

Their little baby didn’t want to wait, no matter how close they were to Red Deer Regional Hospital.

On Thursday morning, Ryder Hayden Robert Gamroth was born on the roadside in Red Deer, near 40th Avenue and 19th Street near Westerner Park at about 2:40 a.m.

Kaila Smith, 26, woke up in Alix at about 2 a.m. and decided to get into the tub because her contractions were now coming at one and a half minutes apart. She wasn’t sure if she was in false labour so she called on common-law husband Kelly Gamroth, 22, to help her out.

They realized it was time to get moving and climbed into their vehicle, driving by Joffre towards Red Deer. It’s about a 57-km drive.

Gamroth drove as quickly as he could.

“I was trying to breathe and I was screaming,” said Smith. “By the second set of lights (along 19th Street) my water broke and I was trying not to push. He just came.”

Smith called on Gamroth to pull over, then she was able to get her pants down far enough to hold onto her baby. The umbilical cord was wrapped three times around his neck so she unwound it. She then placed him up on her chest.

Gamroth then headed to the Emergency Department of the Red Deer hospital. By then it was about 3 a.m.

He got a security guard who radioed fire-medics inside the hospital. They then rushed out to help the mother and her baby. They cut his umbilical cord, wrapped him up and gave him to Gamroth. They then placed Smith on a stretcher, taking her up to the obstetrics ward.

“I’m still in shock,” said Smith.

It’s a big surprise as her two other children — Taylor, 7, came after 15 hours of labour and Zachery, five, was delivered after 17 hours.

“My daughter had her cord wrapped around her twice and she came out purple,” said Smith. “She wasn’t breathing. So we were really lucky with him.”

Gamroth said he was actually calm through the experience. The construction worker’s focus was on driving her to the hospital.

Baby Ryder was born at 7 lbs, 14 oz. and is 20 inches (51 cm) long.

The funny thing is she was supposed to be induced later that morning because she was five days past her due date, Smith said Thursday afternoon from her hospital room.

Little Ryder, sleeping soundly on the hospital bed, had other plans his parents will not forget.

They are happy that everything turned out so well. The couple is grateful for the staff that helped.

On Jan. 4, a couple who live near Spruce View had a similar experience when they headed to Red Deer. Halfway to the hospital, the mother began to give birth in the couple’s van. Fire-medics were called, and soon after the couple’s son was born in an ambulance at about 1:30 a.m. as they all headed to hospital.



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