Baby Born En Route to Lafayette Hospital
April 23, 2008
Baby born en route to Lafayette hospital
By Kirk Mitchell
The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 04/17/2008 06:20:20 PM MDT
Rena Kirkland holds her new baby, Grant, at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette as her husband, Nathan, center, tells the story of Grant's birth on U.S. 287 this morning. Two state troopers assisted in the delivery, along with Boulder sheriff's deputy Steve Aubry, left. (THE DENVER POST | RJ SANGOSTI)
Rena and Nathan Kirkland's baby boy, Grant, is doing well at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette. (THE DENVER POST | RJ SANGOSTI)
Grant Aldren Kirkland came into the world weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces, at a length of 20 inches, and at a distance of 7 miles from Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette.
Two Colorado State Patrol officers, a Boulder County Sheriff's deputy and a "frantic" husband — Nathan Kirkland — served as impromptu medical staff on the shoulder of Colorado 287 near Lookout Road at 9:04 a.m. today when Grant was born in the front seat of a Chrysler Pacifica.
"I don't mind the quick delivery," quipped Grant's mother Rena Kirkland, who birthed her second boy. "(But) I really don't recommend this. I would have rather been in the hospital."
"This is like a life-changing experience for me," said Trooper John Trentini, who has been a trooper nearly two years.
Rena started to go into labor at 7 a.m. at her home in Lyons. Her husband arrived home to drive her to the hospital at 8:30 a.m.
Nathan scrambled to get to the hospital. "I was thinking to myself 'I don't know whether I was going to get to the hospital in time.' "
He was right. Several miles from Lafayette, his wife could tell the baby was coming.
Nathan called 911 and a dispatcher told him to pull over.
Rena thought of all the things that could go wrong in the car, like a breach birth. "I was scared for my son."
But help was nearby. Troopers Trentini and Edward Padilla had just completed a traffic stop 20 yards from the Kirkland's car.
Padilla grabbed the cellular phone and relayed instructions from dispatch: breath, count. Trentini ran to his car for blankets.
"I was hoping the baby would stay inside long enough for the ambulance to get there," Nathan said.
Boulder County Sheriff's deputy Steve Aubry, a resource officer at Niwot High School, heard the 911 call and was only about 1 1/2 miles from the Kirklands.
"I told my principal I was going to deliver a baby," he said during a news conference in Rena's hospital room Thursday afternoon.
Aubry arrived at
The Kirklands repeatedly thanked the officers at a news conference this morning. "We're just really lucky everything turned out," Rena Kirkland said. (THE DENVER POST | RJ SANGOSTI)the scene with a large first-aide bag and took control.
"He probably had just enough time to get his gloves," Padilla said.
Aubry positioned Rena Kirkland in the front seat and told her to push. A half dozen tries later, Grant arrived.
Within 20 minutes mother was holding her newborn in the hospital. Only then could the frazzled couple enjoy a laugh together.
"We're just really lucky everything turned out," Rena Kirkland said.
Kirk Mitchell: 303-954-1206 or firstname.lastname@example.org