Nfld. & Labrador

First baby of 2013 born in ambulance

The first baby born in Newfoundland and Labrador this year arrived in the ambulance that was carrying his mother to hospital.

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Nicholas Benmore, the first baby born in Newfoundland and Labrador, had a dramatic entry 2:22

Butter Pot, a popular park just outside St. John's, will likely have special significance for Nicholas Benmore as he grows up, as the infant — the first born in Newfoundland and Labrador this year — was delivered near there in an ambulance that was forced to pull over.

"Nicholas wasn't waiting. Four eighteen in the morning, he was born on the TCH by Butter Pot Park," said his mother, Jennifer MacDonald, who told CBC News that delivering the child in an ambulance came out of the blue.

"Not at all. Not the way I expected, either," she said.

MacDonald's water had broken just an hour earlier. An ambulance was bringing her from Harbour Main to St. John's when the paramedic was forced to make an emergency delivery.

Now a mother of three, MacDonald said she was prepared for the delivery — just not its location. She said the paramedic was nervous and excited, and that she handled the delivery well.

As the first baby born in the province, Benmore's family received a car seat from the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association. The NLMA has been giving away such a seat for years as part of a campaign to promote infant safety.

Coincidentally, MacDonald herself was born in the back seat of a car, when her mother went into labour on an island off Cape Breton.