Woman gives birth in hospital parking lot

Jessica Silva’s second son decided to enter the world a little earlier than expected and ended up being delivered the afternoon of July 16 in the Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) parking lot.

Silva was lucky enough that two special ladies were in the parking lot who could help with the quick delivery.

Pryanka Balley who was taking a family member to the hospital and SMH registered nurse Caroline Greason who was working in the screening trailer outside of the main entrance of the hospital helped with the delivery.

Silva had been assessed for labour and delivery earlier that day by Alliston Midwives, and although the process had started, was not ready for the hospital quite yet. She continued the labour process at home, but by the afternoon, something had changed. She and her husband, Rodrigo, gathered their things and got out the door, with her having reached active labour.

Greason had started her shift in the screening trailer at SMH at 3 p.m. Twenty-four minutes into her shift, she heard a scream coming from the parking lot. Concerned, she ran outside to find Silva in full labour being held up by her husband.

Greason yelled for a wheelchair and for gloves, as she quickly realized that there was a baby coming, and fast.

By 3:29 p.m. baby Elias was in her arms. She cleared his airway, checked his breathing and kept the baby stimulated.

Seeing what was happening and wanting to help the best way she could, Balley ran to her car and grabbed a sweater, so that the baby could be safely wrapped, protected and kept warm.

From that point on, all Silva remembers seeing is an ocean of blue – a team of SMH nurses and physicians in their blue scrubs that ran out to help her and her family. Dr. Matthew Myatt, Chief of Emergency was one of those physicians.

While everything was happening so fast, Rodrigo gives credit to the work of the SMH staff for allowing him to support his wife and remain calm.

“Everyone was working so well together, was on the same page which is the reason I was able to remain calm for Jessica,” he said. “We were taken care of so well, and you could really feel the family-like atmosphere within the team. I think it’s something that we are lucky to experience within a smaller community and a hospital like Stevenson.”



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