Dominic Alan Rybecki came into the world a little too fast.
His mother, Amanda Hobbs, 23, gave birth to Dominic Friday morning in the car on the way to the hospital at 2:47 a.m.
“Right before we left the house, I said, there’s too much pressure, something is wrong,” Amanda said. “We were on 600 West and just about to Cross Street, and I said the baby is going to come. I took my pants and underwear off and with the next push, the head came out. I shouted, the head is out. The next contraction I pushed and the rest of him came out.”
The umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and Amanda stayed calm enough to realize why the baby was struggling and she unwrapped it — he immediately began crying.
When Amanda woke up with contractions between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., they were far apart, said Jacob Rybecki, Dominic’s father.
“I asked, ‘I’ve got time to get a shower?’ ‘Sure’ she said. I was in the shower and got out and she was screaming. The way she was talking I had three hours or so. But not now.
“Within a half hour the contractions went from minutes to seconds apart,” Jacob said. “I wasn’t nervous until we got outside of Elwood and she said something was wrong. I couldn’t drive any faster because there was fog Friday morning.”
He wanted to watch his son be born, but there was so much fog that he had to keep his eyes on the road.
“When she said the heads out, I started dialing 911,” Jacob said. “The dispatcher came on and I started to say something, but as soon as I got to Cross Street, I said, never mind, we just had a baby in the car. I don’t think the dispatcher believed me. I don’t want to go through that again.”
A sheriff’s deputy’s car was at the Intersection north of the hospital with its light on and followed them into the emergency bay. Amanda knew her second baby would come faster than her first, Nicolai, who kept her in labor 16 hours. But Dominic was faster than anyone counted on.
“Within an hour the contractions went from 30 minutes to five minutes apart and by the time we left the house, they were 15 seconds apart,” Amanda said. “That’s when I knew something was wrong.”
When the baby’s head came out she said she screamed. Then after it came out she turned to ask if Nicolai was OK in the back seat.
“I didn’t know he was a boy. I didn’t even check until right before the hospital,” Amanda said. “I was too amazed. I had the baby in the seat of the car. My son was in the back, and I said are you OK. He said, ‘I’m just sitting, Mom.’ I figured he was scared, I was screaming and crying. Well, the baby is here and I held him up. I’ll never forget it.”
The couple had girls’ names picked out, she added. Everyone had said by the way she looked, it was sure to be a girl. It took her and Jacob about an hour before they came up with a boy’s name.
Jacob spent the Saturday painting the baby’s room and Amanda and Dominic were released that evening from Community Hospital.
Amanda said, “It was definitely crazy. To deliver your own baby and it to be fine, it was truly a miracle.”
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