HEYBURN • A Burley woman delivered her own baby Tuesday while driving through Heyburn.
Kimber Marie Crown arrived at 1:10 p.m. to Shawna Uriguen, 29, and fiancé Clay Crown, 36, of Buhl.
The 6-pound, 7-ounce, 18-inch-long baby girl and mother are doing fine.
Uriguen was driving from work in Rupert to a doctor’s appointment in Burley when she delivered the child on Idaho 24, just past 21st Street in Heyburn.
“I was at the stoplight in Heyburn, and I was on the phone with my fiancé and I told him, ‘I think the baby’s here.’ I heard the baby crying, and I was still driving because I was trying to find a spot to stop safely and pull off the road without blocking traffic,” the mother said.
Uriguen said she had been having contractions, but they were inconsistent and she did not think she was in labor. The baby wasn’t due until Saturday.
“The baby had other intentions and wanted to get here more quickly,” said Uriguen, now a mother of two. “It was definitely a shock. I was thinking, ‘What should I do now?’”
Crown was driving to Burley for the doctor’s appointment when he heard the baby crying over the phone.
“She had a couple of mild contractions that kind of took her breath away, but she was able to breathe through them. And then she had a big one and said, ‘I think the baby is in my pant leg.’ I told her to put the baby on her chest and just tried to keep her calm,” said Crown, a former volunteer emergency medical technician.
Crown said when he called 911, he was still in Twin Falls so the call was directed to SIRCOMM. Dispatchers couldn’t patch him through to the correct agency, so he had to place that call as well.
“I felt pretty helpless,” he said.
Uriguen said emergency personnel seemed stunned by the unusual delivery.
“Apparently this does not happen that often. They were not expecting this and were not prepared for it either,” she said.