LAKEWOOD, Colo. (KDVR) – A pregnant woman’s coworkers at a used car dealership stepped in to help her when she suddenly started working three weeks earlier.
Jalisha Maxey-Deveraux gave birth in the bathroom at CarHop’s auto sales office in Lakewood, Colorado. The second time around mom was about to leave work to go to a baby shower, but the baby couldn’t wait.
“Never in a million years have I felt like it was a movie,” said Maxey-Deveraux. “I called my husband. “I think they’re real contractions at this point; they are no longer Braxton Hicks.
It was then that his colleagues unexpectedly became part of his birth story.
“She was definitely having a contraction,” said Libbie Roan, dealership manager. “I knocked on the door and asked her if she was okay. She said to me ‘Yeah, I think I might be in labor’ and I was like ‘OK’!
“We didn’t have towels. … We’re a business, we weren’t in the babies business, ”Roan said. “So we didn’t have a lot of supplies. ”
“There’s a lot of screaming and a lot of… I don’t mean anger… but the pain continues,” said sales rep Jacob Cloutier. “A lot of it, on my end, was just staying calm, trying to keep her calm, and trying to keep her breathing.”
“The West Metro Fire Department showed up after I grabbed the baby,” said Cloutier, who was able to draw on the experience of his son’s birth to help Maxey- Deveraux to give birth to her daughter. “I’m just so thankful that there weren’t any complications.”
Baby Jhersi weighs only 5 pounds. 9 oz, but she is healthy. Back home on maternity leave, Maxey-Deveraux thanks his colleagues.
“[Cloutier] got up and did what he had to do and helped me and I really appreciate it because I don’t know if it would have been okay if he hadn’t, ”said Maxey -Deveraux.