A rural Columbus couple had planned on having their second child at Columbus Regional Hospital after an induced labor, but the newborn had other plans.
Justin and Chelsea Miracle Burton delivered their second daughter, Emelia, on their own at their western Bartholomew County home early Thursday morning after Chelsea’s contractions unexpectedly quickly intensified and the 20-minute car ride to the hospital couldn’t be attempted.
Chelsea Burton delivered and caught the 6-pound, 13-ounce girl as she was born in the home’s bathroom about 1:17 a.m. Thursday as her husband was calling 911, trying to finish packing a bag and preparing to take Chelsea to the hospital.
The couple’s 1 1/2-year-old daughter Alaina slept through the entire event, her parents said.
Even hours after delivering the baby and recovering at the hospital, Chelsea Burton said she was still processing what had just happened.
“I’m in complete shock,” she said.
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