Parents awaiting the birth of their first child prepare and pack — all in anticipation of that trip to the hospital to await their child's arrival.
But Adler Jeffrey Brass had a different plan.
Adler was born at his parents' home in Bailey at 11:45 p.m. on Valentine's Day in minus-13 degree weather. He was 19 inches long and weighed 7 pounds, 13-1/2 ounces, and he was born five days before his due date.
“It definitely took our birth plan and threw it out the window,” dad Doug Brass quipped.
Doug took care of mom Kait with the guidance of Park County dispatcher Dee Hutcheson until the emergency responders arrived, and Platte Canyon Fire/Rescue EMT Mike Reese brought Adler into the world.
“He's so cute,” Doug said of his newborn son, who came home from the hospital on Feb. 16. “He's doing great and mom's doing great.”
According to Reese, everything went smoothly.
“She did great,” he said of Kait. “They were both calm and everything couldn't have gone better. When it goes great, it's pretty magical” (to help with a birth).
Hutcheson agreed: “They did well listening to me. My job was to keep them calm and focused” (until emergency responders arrived).
A simple beginning
It all started at about 5:30 p.m., Doug said, when he was cleaning the house, and Kait said she had some cramps and decided to lie down. Around 11 p.m., she asked Doug to take a look.
“I kid you not,” Doug said. “I put two fingers on the top of his head.”
They called 911, and Hutcheson walked Doug through delivering his son. The couple lives in Elk Creek Highlands, so they knew it would be a 20-minute drive for emergency responders.
Doug says he called 911 at 11:21 p.m., and after Reese came through the door, Kait pushed four or five times, and Reese delivered Adler.
“Their timing was impeccable,” Doug said.
An ambulance took Kait and Adler to Littleton Adventist Hospital, and meanwhile Doug “freaked out a bit” before traveling to the hospital to be with his wife and son.
“I had no thoughts of potentially delivering our child in our house,” he said.
Not a typical call
Reese has delivered three babies in his 18 years as an EMT, and he was involved in three others. He said it's been fun watching the babies he's delivered grow up.
“We always love to get the follow-up visit (at the station),” Reese said. “A lot of calls don't have great outcomes. This was just awesome. They deserve the credit. We just catch (the baby). I have the easiest part. I'm proud of (Kait).”
Hutcheson said in her eight years as a dispatcher, she's never used the birthing sequence, and once the paramedics arrived at the Brass home, she was quiet during the delivery and then asked how things went.
“It was a good call,” she said. “Of all the calls we take, it's nice to get one of those with a happy ending.”
Doug wonders if his son's determination to be born on Valentine's Day has something to do with Kait's maiden name being Love, and he called his son very relaxed for a newborn.
“He's our special little guy,” Doug said. “Granted the way he came into the world was different, so he may have some plans for who his personality is.”
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