is well known for its birth center.
Turns out, Elisabeth Chikeles didn’t need it.
The 25-year-old had planned on having her baby at the Woodbury facility because of the doulas there and the fact that she wanted a water birth.
Instead, the baby came a bit early—and on July 1 Chikeles had it in the back seat of her mother’s car at the emergency room entrance of Woodwinds.
Ellaine Olive was born at about 5 a.m. and weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces. She is happy and healthy.
Chikeles, of Waite Park, was staying with her parents in Andover—closer to her husband Kevin, who is in Ft. McCoy, Wis., set to be deployed with the military.
He has since seen the baby. When told the story of his second daughter’s birth, Kevin’s reaction was, “Uh, OK," Chikeles said.
When she started having contractions around 2 a.m. on July 1, Chikeles said she assumed she’d have plenty of time to get to Woodwinds. Her mother, Tammy Cedergren, drove.
“Along the way, it got really intense. It was only four pushes,” Chikeles said. “I said to (my mother), ‘Get over here and catch the baby!'”
Chikeles said her mom—who actually helped deliver a couple of babies during her time in the Navy—started yelling at the ER staffers to come over and help.
“Those poor people, they were so stunned,” she said.
Ellaine is her second child, and the first didn’t come quite as fast.
“It’s kind of embarrassing,” Chikeles said of having the baby in her mom’s car in Woodbury. “I thought I knew a little bit about labor.”
As she was getting closer to Woodwinds, Chikeles said she had a two thoughts running through her mind. The first was that her brother had laid down a blanket in the back seat of her mother’s car “just in case.”
“The city better fix these darn potholes,” she said with a laugh.