Local nurse's baby beats ambulance

September 5, 2008 4:54:08 AM PDT
A southeastern Pennsylvania woman felt contractions and called an ambulance and her husband, but the baby was first to arrive.

Joseph Michael Arabia was born at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday at Kelly and Mark Arabia's Newtown Township home. Arabia says she was giving 4-year-old daughter Julia a bath when she felt strong contractions.

Arabia, a registered nurse, says, "I knew I wasn't going to make it to the hospital." She called the doctor, called 911 and called her husband. Then she lay on the powder room floor, and in minutes was catching 5-pound, 9-ounce Joseph.

Minutes later, Mark Arabia unlocked the doors, let in the ambulance squad, saw the baby and did a double take. Mother and baby were OK Thursday at St. Mary Medical Center, but Arabia says, "I wouldn't do it again if I had a choice."

Information from: Bucks County Courier Times, http://www.phillyburbs.com

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