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Baby doesn't wait for ride to hospital

A Mom knew her son was ready to be born, she just didn't know how ready. She gave birth in grandma's car.

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[Times photo: Krystal Kinnunen]
Gwen Fiveland kisses her new son, Trevor John Geelen, on Friday at Mease Dunedin Hospital. Fiveland gave birth to Trevor in her mother's driveway.

By LORRI HELFAND, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 29, 2001


LARGO -- Gwen Fiveland planned to have her baby Friday. She just didn't plan to deliver him herself.

Fiveland, 33, gave birth to Trevor John Geelen while parked in her mother's driveway, with her two young sons in the back seat.

Fiveland's baby was due Christmas Day. She had an appointment at Mease Dunedin Hospital to induce delivery at 6 p.m. Friday, but Trevor was ready more than 12 hours earlier.

Because she lives in Holiday, Fiveland stayed at her mother's home in Largo at the Oak Crest Mobile Home Park Thursday night to be closer to the hospital.

At 5 in the morning, Fiveland's contractions came on strong. She woke her mother, Faye Greene, who got Fiveland's sons, Zachary and Tymon ready and hustled them to the car. Fiveland called her companion of eight years, Timothy Geelen, 29, and headed to the car.

Just after Fiveland strapped her 1-year-old, Zachary, into his car seat, her water broke.

With her first two pregnancies, she gave birth several hours after her water broke, so she was certain she had a half hour to get to the hospital.

Greene backed her '94 Chevy Lumina out of the driveway and drove past two homes when Fiveland said, "We're not making it. He's coming out now."

So Greene zoomed back to the driveway and ran into the house to call 911. By the time Greene dashed back out to the car with the cordless phone, Fiveland told her the baby's head was out.

By that time, Fiveland noticed Tymon staring over the seat. Her biggest concern was that her son would get "freaked out."

"The 6-year-old got a little hysterical. He just kept saying, "No, don't have it here,' " Greene recalled.

Fiveland angled herself toward the open car door with one leg on the floor and one leg on the seat. Greene tried to help her daughter, but her 8 pound 5 ounce grandson came out before she got a chance.

Greene ran in the house and returned to the car with a fluffy towel to protect Trevor from the chilly morning air. Fiveland, an experienced mom, made sure Trevor's mouth was clear and his skin was pink.

As Greene listened for instructions from 911, an ambulance from Pinellas County Emergency Medical Services pulled up.

Geelen, who didn't make it from Holiday until his family had gone to the hospital, said he "kind of felt bad."

"I was expecting good cussing when I got there," he said, joking.

Geelen and Greene said they were both amazed by how well Fiveland handled the ordeal.

"She was so calm and cool through the whole thing," Greene said of her daughter. "I was totally in shock. Grandmas don't do this very often and I don't want to do it again."

On Friday afternoon, Fiveland said she couldn't believe she gave birth to her son in her mother's driveway. "It still hasn't hit me. It's too weird," she said.

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