When a soon-to-be father found himself in a Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot with his pregnant wife going into labour, he did what most people in his situation would do: he began to panic. Fortunately for him, help wasn’t far.
Christia Tizzard, a woman from Newfoundland, heard the calls for help as she was leaving the drugstore in St. John’s on Saturday morning. And despite having a complete lack of medical training, she responded.
“I heard the gentleman saying, ‘She’s in labour in the car — yes, in the car,'” Tizzard told CBC Radio’s St. John’s Morning Show. “So I turned around very quickly and said, ‘Is there something wrong?’ And he was like, ‘My wife is in labour and the baby is coming now.'”
Tizzard says she drew on the bits of information she’d picked up from pop culture to help deliver the baby.
“The only thing I could get it off would be watching baby shows on TV,” Tizzard told CTV. “I knew exactly what to do.”
With the baby’s head crowning and paramedics on the phone with the father, Tizzard knew things were moving right along. She calmly relayed the new mom instructions on how to breath and when to push.
“The baby’s head came out, and then I asked Mom ‘take some deep breaths and whenever you can, you got a big push behind you’,” Tizzard said. “And she did and out came the beautiful baby girl.”
Tizzard then unwrapped the umbilical cord from around her neck and scooped out the mouth and nose so she could breath. Then, firefighters arrived and took the parents and new baby to the hospital. Today, mom, dad and baby Carla (named after her place of birth, a car) are all healthy.
Tizzard, meanwhile, won’t be forgetting this casual trip to the drugstore anytime soon.