One teacher shares how she delivered her daughter right outside of her school!
Lindsay Agbalokwu is a sixth-grade teacher in Denver, Colorado. She was going into her last month of pregnancy and she thought that she had a few more weeks before her sweet baby would arrive. She was still teaching and had not yet taken off time for maternity leave due to her not being due for a little while longer. Agbalokwu's due date wasn't until September 17 and so when she started feeling contractions during school she thought that they were just Braxton Hicks and kept on dismissing them as if she weren't actually in labor.
She went about her entire day as normal and didn't think anything about it. She even had a part in an assembly where she gave out an award to one of the students. The pain started getting worse and she went back to her classroom. She said that her pain went from "zero to 100" and then she said she was in so much pain she didn't know what to do. She knew that the baby was coming "now" and that she would need to call 9-1-1 because there was no way that she was going to make it to the hospital by herself.
Agbalokwu asked one of her co-teachers to help with covering her classroom because she just needed to leave. The principle, Natalie Lewis, was notified and she helped Agbalokwu out of the building but then they knew that it just was too late. Agbalokwu couldn't even move because she was just in too much pain. Lewis acted quickly and realized that she just was not going to make it to the hospital. Lewis grabbed a sleeping bag that was in her car and threw it down on the sidewalk for Agbalokwu to lay down on and to get as comfortable as she could and then Lewis dialed 9-1-1 to inform them that there was a teacher at their school that was in labor and was going to have a baby.
The dispatcher started giving delivery instructions to Lewis and the Dean of Students, Chris Earls, who had also joined the scene. The dispatcher began coaching Lewis and Earls through the process. Agbalokwu said that she was in so much pain that she couldn't be embarrassed. She said that she never thought it being weird because they were her bosses, they were both parents and they were just trying to help. Firefighters showed up right at the end so that they could help with delivering the baby. Her daughter, Zara, was born right outside of the school and then they were immediately transferred to the hospital. Both mother and baby are doing great and are healthy.