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Adventist Nurse Delivers Own Son as Car Races to Hospital

By Andrew McChesney, news editor, Adventist Review

A Seventh-day Adventist nurse delivered her own baby as her husband frantically sped their car toward the hospital in the U.S. state of North Carolina.

Norine Reese had planned to give birth at home as she had with her other three boys. But her midwife service was unable to send someone over when she went into labor in the early hours of Tuesday, Nov. 10.

So she and her husband, Nathanael, jumped into the car and raced down the highway toward the hospital in Asheville, located 20 miles (32 kilometers) away.

Nathanael and Norine Reese with their newborn son, Asher. (Photo courtesy of Norine Reese)Nathanael and Norine Reese with their newborn son, Asher. (Photo courtesy of Norine Reese)

They didn’t make it far before Norine gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

“I always wanted to deliver a baby. But I never thought it would be my own,” Norine told local ABC13 television.

Norine, a visiting emergency room nurse at the Silver Bluff Nursing Home, made international headlines with her remarkable story. Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper published a report with six photos and the headline: “Nurse is forced to deliver her own baby in the car during dash to hospital after midwife service couldn’t send anyone out in time.”

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