Curbside Delivery: Rapid City baby makes front-seat debut minutes from hospital
Rapid City couple, Ashley and Clay Hunsaker were overjoyed meeting their baby girl on Saturday, just days before the due date. This bundle of joy was ready to meet her parents and didn't let a car ride to the hospital stop her.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — For Ashley Hunsaker giving birth is not her first rodeo, she’s had 4 other children, but this time it was different.
This baby was in a hurry ready to meet her parents.
Ashley gave birth just minutes away from the hospital, with her husband at the wheel and Ashley in the passengers seat of the car, she says, “She came in with a bang that’s for sure.”
Ashley said she was having contractions for days prior, but says they weren’t consistent, and when Saturday afternoon rolled around- it was go time.
Ashley Hunsaker, mother of newborn, says, “We decided to leave for the hospital, I was like ‘they (contractions) are getting pretty strong, we better get going.’ And so we are coming up Catron (Boulevard) and I’m like ‘She’s coming -this is it,’ and sure enough my husband looks over and he was like ‘Oh my God there is her head’.”
Clay Hunsaker, newborn’s father, says, “I was like ‘Oh God that’s a head, what do you want me to do?’, and she’s like, ‘Just keep driving.’ It was exciting and terrifying all at the same time.”
A fast and furious birth isn’t so far fetched for Ashley, her other children were born quite quick and easy. The couple says they had a couple a closes calls, but always made it to the hospital in time.
Ashley says, “They usually come pretty quick for me so I was prepared for that, just wasn’t prepared for her to come that quick. So she put all the rest of them to shame for sure. So we had kind of joked about it but never thought it would actually happen.”
Clay admits that he was a little panicky, while Ashley held it together well, saying, “So I’m kind of a fainter when it comes to this child birthing thing, and usually I don’t make it all the way to the end, before I have to find a chair, so when I saw the head- just kind of in my mind the whole way there, like alright, just don’t pass out, just don’t pass out.”
Ruth Catherine was born at 4:22 p.m. Saturday afternoon, weighing 7 pounds and 1.75 ounces and 19.25 inches long.
Ashley said after a few strong contractions, she grabbed the baby, put her on her chest and wrapped her in her shirt to keep her warm. They showed up to the hospital where staff was ready with a wheelchair.
Mom and baby are both doing well, tired, but healthy.
Baby Ruth will meet her other 4 siblings when they return home Sunday.