The pregnant woman gave birth to her baby at a convenience store after being turned away from the hospital, her husband said. At 39 weeks pregnant, the mother of two said that she tried to get a bed at the hospital, but the doctors wouldn’t consider her for admittance until she reached five centimeters. The pregnant mother said that it reportedly took them about 30 minutes to get to the hospital from their home. Unfortunately, their baby son had no intentions of holding back.
The couple from North Carolina, Lauren and Steve Banks, went to CarolinaEast to bring their son into the world. The young mother was 39 weeks pregnant and contracting, the couple said.
Steve Banks, the boy’s father, told WITN: “She was denied admittance to labor and delivery a couple of times, and she was in obvious pain and labor, and within 30 minutes of her being home her water broke.”
Lauren and Steve asked their neighbor to watch their daughter and they went back to the hospital an hour after being turned away.
Lauren told WITN that she was four centimeters dilated when she tried to get a bed at the hospital, but the doctors wouldn’t consider her for admittance until she reached five centimeters.
The couple said that it reportedly took them about 30 minutes to get to the hospital from their home. Unfortunately, their newborn son had no intentions of holding back.
The father and emergency medical technician delivered the baby at a Handy Mart on the way to the hospital.
Steve Banks also said: “I watched my wife give birth to my son right there in the parking lot. He came out and he was purple, and he wasn’t making a lot of noise. I was concerned on top of everything else going on.”
The EMS personnel came up and saw what was happening and jumped into action. I’m sure that they are a large part of the reason to why everything went as smoothly as it did and there were no complications. I can’t thank them enough.”
Per reports, the family was then taken to a hospital. When Lauren and Steve questioned the hospital’s prior judgment, they say the hospital officials offered to detail their car in return.
CarolinaEast Health System released the following statement: “CarolinaEast Health System cannot legally comment on patient matters or concerns. We internally follow all protocols and guidelines for such concerns but cannot publicly comment on them.”
On Tuesday, the hospital system added the following statement: “Unfortunately babies don’t always cooperate with expectations…we’ve all heard stories of newborns making debuts in homes, cars, restaurants and even gas stations.
The Banks’ baby certainly made an unexpected entrance, but we are so happy he is healthy and precious and absolutely wish the family all the best!”
The newborn baby boy, Truett Banks, is a healthy newborn, the family said. This story will be updated as new information become available.