SALEM, Va. (NBC) — A maternity care nurse put her professional skills to work on herself — by delivering her own baby at home.
Carissa Tufts is enjoying every second with her newborn baby girl. But the journey to get here was interesting to say the least.
Late Monday night, Tufts started having contractions. By Tuesday morning, the contractions were stronger, so she took a bath to get ready to go to the hospital.
Tufts thought she had time — after all, she’s been through labor once before and also happens to be a maternity care nurse at Lewis Gale Medical Center. But this baby was different.
“The next thing I knew, I was telling my mom and my husband and my friend, ‘I have to push. She’s coming now and we are not going to make it’,” Tufts said.
Right there at home, Tuft’s husband delivered the baby.
Tufts says in the moment she was thankful for her training as a nurse, but most of all, thankful for a mother’s instinct. “I had a job to do and I needed to get her out safely,” she said.
A day later, Tufts and her family were safe and sound at Lewis Gale Medical Center. They are grateful for a safe delivery and the support of EMTs and the hospital staff.
“I’m just happy and overwhelmed that she’s completing our family. It’s a good feeling that she’s finally here,” Tufts said.
A home delivery was not something Tufts and her family expected — but now she has this sweet bundle of joy in her arms and quite the story to tell.