NC mom gives birth in convenience store parking lot

CHINA GROVE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina couple trying to get to a hospital for the birth of their son ended up at a convenience store for the big event.

WBTV reported ( ) the couple was on the way a hospital in Concord shortly before 7 a.m. Friday when they realized they needed to stop at the store in China Grove.

A 911 operator on the phone helped guide them as firefighters arrived.

Bostian Heights Fire Chief Mike Zimmerman and his crew helped with the delivery, allowing the father to cut the umbilical after the boy was delivered. Zimmerman said it was the first delivery for his firefighters.

The 911 operator, Michelle Baughman, said she was a paramedic for 12 years and never handled a delivery, but has now done two on the phone.

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