Stopped by train, mother delivers baby in parking lot
It’s the day after the birthday for a Chicago baby who is already proving he can keep mom and dad on their toes.
The adventure began Sunday morning with two hours of contractions. The due date was three weeks away.
“I didn’t want to come to the hospital on my day off and get sent home,” said Natasha Berry.
But when they got worse, Dad said it was time to go.
“As soon as I got in the car my water broke,” Natasha said. “We got caught by a train.”
That delay was just enough to put delivery short of the hospital runway.
“When I’m driving … I see the head and I’m like ‘Awe this is for real,’ said Jason Harper, the baby’s father. “ I did what I had to do.”
Jason called 911 and pulled into the gas station parking lot at 95th and Stony Island, right off the expressway. That’s where Little Jaylen made his express delivery.
The new family then took the five minute drive to Advocate Trinity Hospital.
For now, mom, dad and baby Jaylen are resting. They have quite a tale to tell, centered around a car and a gas station.
Says Natasha, “I guess he always has a memorable story that I can tell him where he was born.”