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Born in Dad’s Truck on Roadside

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Eight pounds, eight ounces, and 20.5 inches of pure perfection was brought into the Parker family when former Valley residents Saree and Matt welcomed their third child. Their only son made his debut to the world at 6 a.m. on Jan. 27.
However, it wasn’t a birth anyone would have planned for.
Knox Alford Parker arrived safely in the front seat of his dad’s Ford F-150 during an icy cold snowstorm on P.R. No. 366 while a 911 operator guided his parents through the delivery. It was a very different outcome than the couple expected when contractions started four hours earlier at their home in Inglis.
“They were really short and coming at inconsistent intervals,” said Saree Parker. “Around 2:45 a.m. I decided to have a bath and see if they continued and they did but remained short and inconsistent. After an hour I decided to start actually timing them because they were getting a little strong in intensity but nothing to make me think anything would be happening anytime soon.”
Eventually she went back to bed and managed to sleep through the contractions for about an hour. Awoken by the realization that it was time to get on their way to the hospital, the Parkers got in contact with someone to watch their two younger children and phoned Dauphin Hospital to let them know that they were on route at 5:28 a.m..
“We decided to take the gravel road to Grandview because it shaves off a few minutes of time in the over all trip,” said Parker. “But, once we hit the first corner and saw how bad it was blowing we made a little joke that maybe we made the wrong decision.”
Not wanting to waste time turning around, the Parkers carried on with their travel.
“Within 10 minutes of leaving my contractions quickly reached the fifty second mark and I told Matt we were probably going to need the ambulance,” said Parker. “Unfortunately we were in a dead zone for cell service and it took a couple of attempts to get through.”
With her water fully broken and contractions instantly increasing, the 911 dispatcher instructed the couple to pull over and check to see if the baby was visible.
“Matt said the hardest part of it all was pulling over,” said Parker. “He so badly wanted to keep going and try to meet the ambulance at Highway 5.
“Matt remained very calm and did an amazing job supporting me and following the dispatchers instructions.”
Within three or four pushes after pulling over, Matt Parker was holding his newborn son.
“We made sure he was breathing and got him bundled up in my sweater and tied off the cord to wait for the ambulance,” said Parker. “The ambulance took a little while with the storm so the dispatcher stayed on the line with us and had us keep checking on the baby to make sure he was warm and appearing healthy.”
When the ambulance arrived they cut the cord and wrapped tiny Knox in a big blanket and sent him and his father to the back of the ambulance while they checked that mom was doing well before allowing her to be reunited with them.
“Baby rode in my arms as they transferred us to Dauphin Hospital and Matt followed behind in his truck,” said Parker. “He let our families know that baby arrived a little sooner into the trip than we had planned.
“It was totally surreal. We never expected things to change so quickly.”
Since being released from the hospital, the Parker’s are enjoying some quiet time at home as a family of five as Knox gets to know his sisters and is doing very well.
“He’s amazing,” said Parker. “So far he is a very content baby and loves to snuggle.
“Despite things not going to plan, the entire experience and treatment from the ambulance attendants, 911 dispatcher, and the Dauphin Hospital Staff was wonderful.”
“If it isn’t too late I seriously recommend people stop in to their local hospital before trying to make the trek if there is even the slightest thought baby might come fast,” concluded Matt Parker. “While all worked out perfectly for us I have a hard time with the thoughts of all that could have gone wrong and we were all alone.”

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Jakki Lumax
REPORTER
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