Baby boy sprints to delivery
Newborn Grayer Isaacson already has a reputation for speed. He surprised his parents May 31 and was born in the front seat of parents' car as they raced toward Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver. Grayer's mom Lily Isaacson says, "I felt the second contraction and knew I had to push. By the third contraction, I told my husband, 'He's coming, he's coming!'"
Grayer's dad Carlin Isaacson says they were driving south on I-5 within view of the medical center when Grayer was born. "I kept telling Lily, 'We'll make it, we'll make it.'"
Lily said the worst moment came just as Grayer was born. Dad had just taken the exit to the hospital racing through three (lucky) green lights. Baby Grayer was at first silent. He was blue and had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. "I unwrapped the cord from around his neck and he started crying," Lily said.
Dad had reached 911 on his cell phone and a team of emergency department nurses and technicians met them in the parking lot. ED Technician Jenny Jackson was the first to reach the car. "Baby was crying, dad was screaming and I was so excited," Jenny said. "It is the most amazing thing in the world to see a baby born."
Lily said, "I was so grateful when I saw the army of nurses rushing to our car."
The Isaacson family spent a quiet night at the Family Birth Center and recounted the frantic rush to the hospital. "We had one hour from the time my water broke to when Grayer was born. We thought we had a little more time." This is the Isaacson's second child; Adria was born a week late after 48 hours of labor. "They always say the second delivery goes faster but we had no idea," said Carlin.
One of Grayer's first baby pictures will be the one with first responder Jenny Jackson from the emergency department. "He's my first Salmon Creek Baby," she said. "I won't ever forget this … it's special."