A trip to the drug store turned into an unforgettable experience for a St. John’s woman on Saturday, when she helped a couple deliver their baby girl in the store’s parking lot.
Christia Tizzard was walking out of the Shoppers Drug Mart on Topsail Road just before 8 a.m. when she noticed Nicole and Richard Deveau needed help.
‘Mom was a rock star. She was in the zone.’
– Christia Tizzard
“I heard the gentleman saying, ‘She’s in labour in the car — yes, in the car’,” Tizzard told CBC Radio’s St. John’s Morning Show.
“So I turned around very quickly and said, ‘Is there something wrong?’ And he was like, ‘My wife is in labour and the baby is coming now.'”
The couple had already left their home to head to the hospital and were on Pitts Memorial Drive when Nicole told Richard to pull over because the baby was coming.
Their first opportunity to exit was Columbus Drive, and Richard spotted the Shoppers on Topsail Road — the first place he could find to pull over safely.
Tizzard was walking to her car when she heard Richard on the phone.
She ran over and saw Nicole sitting in the front passenger seat with the baby’s head starting to crown, and without thinking, she told Richard to move out of the way and took control of the situation.
Paramedics on the phone with Richard helped guide them, and with barely any training other than basic first aid, Tizzard helped bring their daughter into the world.
“I guess all I can say is I must have picked things up along the way and stored it. I didn’t have to question anything I was doing, I just knew the right steps to go on,” Tizzard said.
She said the calmness of the couple is what helped her stay focused throughout the whole experience.
“Mom was a rock star. She was in the zone, she wasn’t hysterical or anything. I think if she was hysterical it would have been a different situation.”
The birth took only a few minutes, with Tizzard guiding Nicole to push as Richard comforted her.
She caught the infant in her arms, scooping out her mouth and nose and unwrapping the umbilical cord from around the newborn’s neck to allow her to start…