WASHINGTON, Iowa (KCRG) -- With no time to spare, a Washington couple had to figure out how to deliver a baby in an SUV this week.
Jaden Miller was born on the side of the road near Highway 1 and 520th Street Southwest in Kalona, around 12:45 a.m., Wednesday. (Forrest Saunders)
Jaden Miller was born on the side of the road near Highway 1 and 520th Street Southwest in Kalona, around 12:45 a.m., Wednesday. It was about the halfway point between Kyrra and Titeus Miller's home and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, where the two were headed.
"We're screwed," said Kyrra, recalling what she thought when her water broke that night. "That's the easiest way to put it."
The two were about 40 minutes from UIHC where they had done some prenatal care. They thought they could make it. They were wrong.
"Oh, I was saying every curse word in the book, probably," Kyrra said.
Right before Jaden decided to make his appearance, not far from Kalona, Titeus called 911 and pulled over. An unknown Washington County dispatcher talked the couple through what came next.
"First thing they told me to do was grab any blankets, coats, clothes to cushion and keep the child warm," Titeus said. "Actually had to use a shoelace to tie off the umbilical cord."
The two are laughing about the experience, days later. But, there was a tense moment right after the birth. Jaden didn't look to be breathing. Fortunately, a Johnson County deputy, Doran Williams, had just arrived to help.
"The deputy did help get the cord off from around the baby's head area," said Sgt. Brad Kunkel with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office. "He provided some care to help it start breathing. The baby started crying and breathing normally. Everyone is doing very well."
The happy ending to the wild road trip was posted online by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, the next day. The short story and picture of Jaden, with a sheriff's sticker, got a lot of web traffic. More than 1,300 liked the post and gave a shoutout to law enforcement for the help.
That's what the Miller's are doing, too-- thanking those who helped Jaden start his life.
"There are not enough thank yous in the world," said Kyrra. "This could have ended very differently if it wasn't for them."