AGAWAM, Mass (WGGB) – It was an early morning wake up call at the Searles home in Agawam this morning.
Around 1:00 a.m., Johanna Searles woke up with labor pains.
In her last pregnancy, Johanna was in labor for 15 hours. So this time she figured there was no need to rush to Mercy Hospital, which was only ten minutes from her home.
This newborn, however, didn’t want to wait.
Johanna’s water broke and she laid down to deliver the baby on her bathroom floor.
Johanna said her husband Travis was by her side, “He was trying to rush me down into the car and I just stopped and said it’s not going to happen, she’s coming…”
The paramedics arrived shortly after their phone call and guided this natural, home birth.
Emily Grace was born at 4:51 this morning at 7 pounds, 3 ounces and healthy.
Kim Monteiro, nurse at Mercy Family Life Center ,was there at the hospital to help care for the mother and baby upon arrival. “It was a great outcome that everything did go smoothly considering mom and dad aren’t trained, but there are great people in the community who came to the rescue,” says Monteiro.
After a short lived visit to the hospital, two relieved parents, a new big brother, and one sleep baby are all ready to go home.