Hibbing woman gives birth on stairs of her home

By KBJR News 1

July 30, 2014 Updated Jul 30, 2014 at 9:17 PM CST

Hibbing, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- A hospital is typically the place to have a baby, but one Iron Range woman's baby couldn't wait.

It was about 6 a.m. on July 22 when, a very pregnant, Lacy Svaleson felt something unusual.

"I had a different pain and I didn't really think anything of it, I just thought, ok I just have to maneuver in my bed and I rolled over and my water must have broke," said Lacy.

Having had four kids before, Lacy called her husband to tell him their fifth child was coming.

"Right away contractions just started."

Until her husband Chad could arrive, 14-year-old, Riley tended to her mom as she prepared to give birth; and it wasn't long before baby Layla came into the world.

"By the time I got to the top of the stairs I just stopped and I said Chad here it comes; and he saw the top her head pop out and he ran to the top of the stairs and had to catch her," said Lacy.

Having seen doctors deliver four of Chad's other children, he had an idea of what to do next.

"The next thing I do is reach down and grab the baby. I kinda flipped her over and I was patting her on the back kind of rubbing her and I took my pinky and cleaned out her cheek a little bit and after that she started screaming and crying," said Chad.

Their daughter Riley was an eyewitness to the birth of her new sister.

"I looked once and I saw the head and then I looked away and I was pacing a little bit because I didn't know, and we might as well not try to go to the hospital now because the head is right there. Then I looked again and my dad was holding her in his hands," said Riley.

"I wouldn't change it for the world, It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience and it will be a story to tell forever," said Chad.

Layla weighed six pounds and 15 ounces at birth and she is in perfect health.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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