'It was divine intervention': Midwife, first responders deliver baby at Hurricane Valley Fire station

Midwife Elizabeth Smith, in purple top, emergency responders and the Seegmiller family, Hurricane, Utah, Sunday. A baby was delivered at a fire station in Hurricane.

Midwife Elizabeth Smith, in purple top, emergency responders and the Seegmiller family, Hurricane, Utah, Sunday. A baby was delivered at a fire station in Hurricane. (Elizabeth Smith, St. George News)



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ST. GEORGE — Midwife Elizabeth Smith said she knew the situation was urgent when she got a call from an expectant mother on Sunday afternoon.

The expectant mother, Kenna Seegmiller, told Smith that she was trying to breathe through her contractions when she felt her water break. And, Smith added, she said she felt the urge to push.

"I asked her to get in the car, now," Smith told St. George News.

Smith said she hoped Jenna could get to The Birth Sweet, at 375 E. Tabernacle Street in St. George, to deliver the baby. The trouble, Smith said, was that the Seegmillers were coming from Apple Valley.

"I knew they wouldn't make it, so I asked them to meet us halfway," Smith said.

As it turned out, the halfway point was the Texaco at 82 N. Coral Canyon Blvd, in Hurricane. When they met, Smith, a midwife with 36 years of experience, began looking for a way to deliver the baby out of the public eye.

"We were going to deliver the baby in the parking lot," she said. "But then we saw a fire station across the road. The lights were on, so I asked my assistant, Rachel Morgan, to run over and see if we could deliver the baby in their parking lot. Instead, they invited us to pull the car into the bay."

Read the full article at St. George News.

David Dudley

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