Special Delivery: Baby shocks Kalamazoo parents with early arrival at home

KALAMAZOO, Mich.,– Airin Warren was expecting her third daughter to arrive closer to her due date of September 7th. When she started to experience contractions on Labor Day, she had so idea it would lead to a “labor” and delivery at home.

“I started having contractions at 9:14 pm, five minutes apart for about an hour and a half,” Warren told FOX 17 News. “By 12:15am, I felt a big pressure.”

Warren realized how quickly things had escalated when she went to the bathroom.

“Felt her head come out, and I said [to my fiance] call the ambulance and paramedics,” she explained. “I walked in the bedroom, laid on the bed and felt like I had to push, so I just started pushing.”

Warren’s panicked fiance, Robert Rice, stayed on the phone with dispatchers until the couple heard sirens. Within moments of first responders arriving, baby Izzabell Rice was born.

“It was intense,” recalled Rice. “I was kind of edgy at first, but once I heard her cry, it was just like whew… it’s over. She’s here, she’s alive, she’s healthy.”

Izzabell weighed in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces. She was 19 inches long.

Both mom and baby were taken to Bronson Hospital to be evaluated and treated. Warren said they hope to bring Izzabell home for good this weekend.

Like her older sisters who were both born on holidays (Christmas and the Fourth of July), Izzabell arrived just after 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, but can still expect to celebrate her birthday on Labor Day every few years.

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