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Mother has a sudden but smooth delivery

July 09, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Grace Angeline Swisher was born early -- and quickly -- on Friday, surprising her parents.

Angela Swisher was at home in Hancock when her water broke. Her husband, Cory, quickly drove her to West Virginia to meet her doctor in Martinsburg. It was around 5 a.m.

Along the way on W.Va. 9, Angela felt her contractions quicken. She told Cory to pull over as they were near Pleasant View Elementary School.

By the time he did, Grace had emerged, at 3 pounds, 11.2 ounces and 14 3/4 inches.

Angela removed the umbilical cord that was wrapped around her daughter's neck.

Cory called 911 and drove along W.Va. 9 to the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Co.

Emergency medical technician Laurie Barron, Hedgesville's rescue chief, said Angela Swisher did everything just right.

She wrapped Grace in a blanket and cleared her mouth. She rubbed Grace's back and talked to her, providing stimulation. She blew softly in Grace's face, giving her oxygen.

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Angela Swisher said Grace perked up after getting a puff of her mother's breath.

"She did a really good job," Barron said. "Everything was perfect."

Hedgesville and Berkeley County ambulances took the Swishers to City Hospital.

This is the first child for Angela, 41, and Cory, 42.

Angela said she was shocked earlier this year when she found out she was pregnant.

"We just never really planned on having children," she said.

Grace caught her parents off guard again by arriving six weeks before she was due.

She was transferred to a hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., on Friday, where she'll stay for a few weeks as her lungs develop, but all signs are good, her mother said.

"She's definitely a surprise and a welcome blessing," Angela Swisher said.

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