PITTSBURG (CBS SF) — Good Samaritans are being credited for helping deliver a baby at a BART station parking lot early Monday morning.
One day, little De’Aurie McCullough will hear the incredible story of her birth from her parents Jasmine Osborne and Donyell McCullough of Pittsburg.
A little before 6 a.m. Monday, Osborne said her contractions were five minutes apart. McCullough attempted to drive the family from their home to Alta Bates in Berkeley, but her water broke in the front seat.
“The baby (was) hanging out, I see her head really hanging out. So I panicked. She’s screaming, I’m yelling. We both were yelling at the same time,” McCullough said.
Osborne recalled, “I was in shock and pain, like I’m about to have my baby in the car.”
McCullough exited the Highway 4 freeway and stopped at the Pittsburg / Bay Point BART station, where commuter Tonya Mattox was standing.
“They pulled up in the minivan right here,” Mattox said. “The guy got out of the car and he was yelling and screaming, ‘She’s having the baby, she’s having the baby.’”
The baby came so fast, McCullough missed it as he was looking for help.
“Actually, I hit the floor a little bit, because I was backwards. I was in so much pain, I pushed her out,” Jasmine said.
Jasmine wrapped De’Aurie, her third child, in a coat from a taxi driver. A BART Police officer called for additional help. Mattox’s husband, a UPS employee, helped Donyell cut the umbilical cord of his special delivery.
“My husband took a shoestring off and the dad, he tied it,” Mattox said.
There were a few tense moments when McCullough had to clear out what was in the baby’s mouth.
“Finally, the baby started breathing and we realized ok, this was gonna be all right,” Mattox said.
On Monday night, the stay-at-home mom and restaurant worker dad gave thanks for their seven pound, nine ounce baby girl and those who helped welcome her.
“I really appreciated it,” Osborne said.
“This is a story to tell forever,” McCullough said.
Mother and child were resting at Kaiser Antioch Medical Center on Monday night. Doctors said the baby is healthy and the family could go home Tuesday.
De’Aurie’s relatives have already given her the nickname of “Baby Freeway.”
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