A trip to the drug store turned into a memorable experience Christia Tizzard, a St. John's woman on Saturday, when she helped a couple deliver their baby girl in the store's parking lot.
Christia Tizzard said, "I heard the gentleman saying, 'she's in labour in the car, yes, in the car'.So I turned around very quickly and said, 'is there something wrong'? And he was like 'my wife is in labour and the baby is coming now'".
The couple, Richard and wife Nicole had already left their home to head to the hospital and were on Pitts Memorial Drive when Nicole told Richard to pull over because the baby was coming.Their first opportunity to exit was Columbus Drive, and Richard spotted the Shoppers on Topsail Road — the first place he could find to pull over safely. Tizzard was walking to her car when she heard Richard on the phone.
She ran over and saw Nicole sitting in the front passenger seat with the baby's head starting to crown, and without thinking, she told Richard to move out of the way and took control of the situation.Paramedics on the phone with Richard helped guide them, and with barely any training other than basic first aid, Tizzard helped bring their daughter into the world.
She said the calmness of the couple is what helped her stay focused throughout the whole experience.
"Mom was a rock star. She was in the zone, she wasn't hysterical or anything. I think if she was hysterical it would have been a different situation."
The birth took only a few minutes, with Tizzard guiding Nicole to push as Richard comforted her.She caught the infant in her arms, scooping out her mouth and nose and unwrapping the umbilical cord from around the newborn's neck to allow her to start breathing.
Tozzard expressed, "It was really scary, but exciting at the same time.As the days have gone on it's gotten a bit more real and I'm like, 'wow that really happened.' It's getting a bit surreal."
The couple have decided to call their daughter Carla because she was born in their car.
In addition to being grateful Tizzard was there, they also want to thank all the paramedics and firefighters who showed up within minutes of being called.
Rischard says the real hero in this whole situation is his wife, "She pushed out a baby, seven pounds 15 ounces, in the middle of a parking lot with no epidural and no drugs, and by five o'clock Saturday night we were back home again eating India Gate."