N.W.T. mother gives birth in family truck
Amanda Mantla, from Behchoko, wasn’t able to make it to Yellowknife on time
A mother from Behchoko, N.W.T. is recovering this week after giving birth in her family's truck.
Amanda Mantla did make it to the hospital in Yellowknife, but just barely.
On Wednesday night around 11:30 p.m., Mantla said her contractions started.
"I called my sister and I said, ‘I think my water broke’."
She and her family piled into their truck and headed for Yellowknife — about an hour’s drive away.
"We got to the highway and that's just when I wanted to push," she said.
Mantla said they did end up making it to the hospital, but only as far as the Emergency Room parking lot.
Her mother ran in to get help, while Amanda waited in the truck.
But Amanda said her baby didn’t want to wait that long.
"And my baby just slid out. And that's when my partner, my baby's daddy, caught the baby."
Mantla said it wasn't long before the hospital crew came rushing to see if mother, baby and father were O.K.
"There were pediatricians, doctors, nurses. They all just came running."
She said they rushed them all into the hospital, and announced the baby girl Alana was healthy, weighing eight pounds and nine ounces.
"It was so amazing. I thought I wasn't going to make it to the hospital, but I did," said Mantla.