The seventh child of Teresa and Jason Moyer was born at the hospital. Just not in the hospital.
The Moyers were only a few feet from the emergency department entrance at Columbus Regional Hospital on Tuesday when Teresa Moyer gave birth in the front seat of their 1998 Ford Escort station wagon.
“There was just no holding her in,” the 31-year-old mother said Thursday, cradling 2-day-old Hannah Elizabeth.
Venissa Allman opened the Moyers’ car door, expecting to assist the mother into a wheelchair and then park the car.
Allman, 43, of Hope has worked for five years as a valet attendant with Parking Solutions, contracted by the hospital. She’s seen all kinds of emergencies, but this one, she said, took the cake.
Birthday cake, that is.
“It all happened so quick,” Allman said, within seconds of pulling up to the hospital entrance.
“‘The head is out,’” Allman recalled Jason Moyer saying, “and I yelled for help.”
With no time for delay, Allman immediately grabbed the baby as it was born. She held it to her chest until a flurry of nurses and medical staff arrived to help.
The 38-year-old father, feeling relieved just to be at the hospital and not speeding down the road anymore, grabbed his smartphone and snapped a few photos.
A surprised and elated Allman said it was a very special day, one that she will never forget.
Allman was relieved that the Moyer baby was healthy and that the birth had no complications.
She previously worked as a nursing assistant at a nursing facility but had no training or experience in the maternity ward.
On a typical day, she mostly helps calm people’s nerves, park vehicles and offer friendly greetings for visitors as they stop by her station at the emergency department.
Allman had a chance to visit the family Thursday and hold the dark-haired little girl.
“She’s beautiful,” Allman said.
The original due date for Hannah was Thursday. Had Teresa Moyer not given birth by next Wednesday, her doctor had planned to induce labor.
All but the first of Teresa Moyer’s babies were induced, so the couple had no reason to believe Hannah would arrive early.
The mother, who works as a teaching assistant at First Christian Church Preschool, was finishing her final day of work Tuesday when she started having slight back pain and mild contractions.
She was texting her husband about the length of time between the contractions when she realized they had become as close as two to three minutes apart.
Other signs made her think labor was imminent, so she quickly headed home. So did her husband, who works as facilities operations coordinator at SIHO Insurance Services.
At 12:45 p.m., when they were at home, Jason Moyer asked his wife if he had time to change.
Her answer, “No.”
With help at home to watch the younger children, Jason Moyer put the car in reverse to pull out of the driveway. Almost immediately, his wife’s water broke.
“It normally takes about 10 minutes from our house (to the hospital),” Teresa Moyer said. “I think it took about seven.”
Jason Moyer called the hospital from the car to prepare the staff for their arrival. Then, somewhere along 17th Street, in close proximity to the hospital, Teresa Moyer felt the birthing process begin.
Once in the hospital drive, Allman helped complete it.
The Moyers said they always wanted a large family and have plenty of love and room in their 2,200-square-foot house.
Mother and baby headed home Thursday afternoon, and Teresa Moyer could imagine only one problem, involving the six siblings ranging in age from 2 to 12.
“The kids will fight about who gets to hold the baby,” she said.