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Baby couldn't wait to be born

Caylie Rae Shade rushed into the world about a month before her May 7 due date.

Caylie Rae Shade rushed into the world about a month before her May 7 due date.

April 07, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN-She came a month early and about a mile short of the hospital.

Caylie Rae Shade hurried into the world Friday afternoon, delivered by an ambulance crew on her grandmother's bed in a house on Dual Highway.

Jennifer Shade called 911 when her daughter-in-law, Ciara Shade, 20, realized her first baby was on the way several weeks before its May 7 due date.

"I saw the baby's head coming and hollered for my son," Jennifer Shade said.

Jennifer Shade stayed on the phone with 911 dispatchers, who told her what to do until a Community Rescue Service ambulance arrived.

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By the time medic Lauren Dofflemyer arrived at the home, the baby's head already was visible, she said.

Moving Ciara Shade might have caused complications, so the ambulance crew decided to deliver the baby at the home, Dofflemyer said.

"Mom did all the work," she said. "We were just there to support her."

Friday was the first time Dofflemyer delivered a baby, although she did learn how during her training, she said.

Dark-haired Caylie Rae was "beautiful," weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 19 inches long, her grandmother said.

About 15 minutes passed between the time her mother-in-law called 911 and when the baby was delivered, Ciara Shade said.

"She was just ready to come," she said.

Giving birth at home was quite scary, even shocking, Ciara Shade said.

"I expected to be in the hospital," she said.

Ciara experienced pain Friday morning, but didn't realize the baby was coming, she said.

The baby girl is the first child of Benjamin and Ciara Shade, and Jennifer Shade's first grandchild.

Doctors said that mother and daughter might be able to go home from Washington County Hospital Sunday, Ciara Shade said.

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