Eastern Iowa Dad Delivers Baby Along Gravel Road

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

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KEOKUK COUNTY, Iowa - An Eastern Iowa father delivered the fifth member of his family along a gravel road late Tuesday morning.

Jeremiah Hoylman, a volunteer firefighter in Keokuk County, says his wife gave birth less than an hour after her water broke, forcing him to make the delivery.

“He took his shirt off and wrapped the baby with his shirt,” said Ashley Hoylman, 28, Jeremiah’s wife. “Then he took the drawstring from my pants and wrapped it around my umbilical cord.”

The couple was trying to get to Mercy Iowa City, where Ashley planned to give birth.

“You hear about (similar stories), but you never want to be part of it,” Ashley said. “Now we are.”

At 11:42 a.m. the couple welcomed Brecken, a healthy baby boy, into the world. The Hoylman’s then waited for an ambulance at the intersection of M Ave. and 260th St. in rural Iowa County.

“We didn’t want to deliver our own baby, nobody wants to deliver their own baby, but you have to do what you have to do,” said Ashley.

An Iowa County emergency dispatcher helped coach Jeremiah, 30, through the delivery.

“I’m going to find her name and go thank her personally,” said Jeremiah. “It was two pushes, and he (Brecken) was out.”

The Hoylman’s plan to return to their home in Keokuk County by the end of the week. Brecken is the couple’s third child. They have two young daughters, ages 22 months and three years.

“Those births seemed pretty normal,” said Jeremiah. “Everyone was saying the third one can come faster.”

Brecken must have been listening.

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