Woman gives birth in car parked at Target

Posted at 3:20 PM, Jan 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-15 15:20:22-05

GREENLAND, NH (WMUR/CNN) - A woman couldn't get to the hospital in time to have her baby, so she gave birth in her car, which was parked in front of a Target.

Liv Tolliday was born 1:13 a.m. Saturday. Her time of birth was made official by the 911 call her dad made from a Target parking lot.

"I delivered her myself, I guess," Sara Tolliday said.

On Friday night, they were at home in Stratham when Sara Tolliday went into labor a few days before her due date.

"So I was getting ready, and then things started to progress a bit faster than expected," she said.

Without even putting on socks or shoes, she ran to the car. Her husband Sam got behind the wheel.

"We were on 33. We go to the set of lights and then my water broke," Sara Tolliday said.

They only made it a few minutes from home, but baby Liv had other ideas.

"I was just telling myself, 'I have to do this right now. I have to do this myself,' and I couldn't even say it out loud because if I said it out loud, then I think I just would've panicked," Sara Tolliday said.

Out of options, they pulled over at Target.

"It was so intense and fast, but then I was like, 'She's out,' and he was like, 'What do you mean she's out?' And yeah, he stopped the car and looked over and there she was," she said.

Officer James Cormier showed up right away with a blanket as they waited for the ambulance.

"Usually when we have this call, it's usually they say they delivered, but usually you see that they're crowning or you usually see a bit of the baby's head, never can see that the whole baby is coming out," he said. "So I was a little shocked to see that."

Mom and baby are resting at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, where Sara Tolliday also works.

Their son Ben is now a big brother to a girl who someday will have an incredible story to tell.

"It's pretty amazing. Your body just does some amazing things," Sara Tolliday said.

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