Family meets newest addition in hospital parking lot
July 23, 2003
A Glenshire man helped deliver his son in the parking lot of the Tahoe Forest Hospital early Sunday morning.
Jennifer and Derek Luthy were driving to Washoe Medical Center, where Jennifer works and was set to deliver her baby, after she started having mild contractions. Because of road construction, the onramp at Hirschdale was closed, forcing the couple to turn around and head west.
They planned to turn around again at Prosser, but the baby’s head was already beginning to come out. After deliberating what to do, they hurried to Tahoe Forest Hospital, where Derek rushed into find help, Jennifer said. While the medical staff got their supplies, Derek headed back to the car to make sure Jennifer was okay.
“I was afraid that [the baby] was stuck or somehow we was being compromised,” Jennifer said. She told Derek her concern, who moved the umbilical cord, and the baby slid easily into his arms.
“He was calm the whole time. I think he was working on 100 percent adrenaline,” Jennifer said. “At the time he just seemed to know what to do.”
She had problems with pre-term labor during the two months prior to the delivery date, July 18. A coworker of Derek’s was a paramedic and mentioned some things to look for and how to position the umbilical cord in case they were unable to get to a hospital on time.
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“Nobody thinks that that’s ever going to happen,” said Jennifer’s mother, Linda Jansen. “It was just a Godsend that the ramp was closed at Hirschdale.”
Derek’s role in the delivery earned him the right to enter his name on the birth certificate as the “delivering doctor.” The couple named their new baby boy Parker.
“Just so happens they had picked that name before the parking lot episode,” Jansen said.
Both the mother and the baby were safe and healthy after the chaotic delivery at the hospital as of Tuesday morning. They were set to return home Tuesday afternoon.
“[The baby has] got a pretty proud papa,” Jennifer said.