Unexpected arrival: Dad delivers baby at home

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MIDVALE -- A Midvale family welcomed their third child into the world Tuesday, but in the most unusual way -- one they hope never to repeat.

The little guy may not have a name yet, but he'll have a story to tell when he learns to talk.

"He just came fast," his mother, Emily Thompson, said. "We didn't know what to do."

Early Tuesday morning, Emily awoke in pain.

"We started timing contractions, and they were far apart so we figured it wasn't time. Then all of a sudden it was time," said Eric Thompson, the baby's father.

"I was in pure shock. I just can't remember. It was pure fog to me," Emily said.

What she didn't know was that the baby had arrived so quickly Eric didn't have enough time to call for help. He was on his own.

"[I was] running around the house trying to find towels," Eric said.

Once the little one was delivered, Eric had time to call 911.

"She (the dispatcher) was awesome; very calming and helpful," Eric said.

"When we got there, mother was doing fine, baby was doing fine," said Marty Glover, of the Midvale Fire Department. "He actually did a great job, stayed calm through the whole thing and really did a fantastic job."

"I feel really good," Emily said. "We are lucky everything ended up so well."

The baby weighed 9 pounds 3 ounces, but the story doesn't end with his successful home delivery. This little guy now shares a birthday with both of his older siblings.

"We have a little girl, Emery, that is 8, and a little boy that is 4," Emily said.

So, are the Thompsons planning on having any more kids on Dec. 15?

"If we do, we'd almost have to," Eric said.

By then, this little one will have a name and probably be talking.

The Thompsons' two other children have not seen their newest brother yet, but mom says they are very excited to meet him and share another birthday.


Story compiled with contributions from Amanda Butterfield, Shara Park and Mary Richards.


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