NUCLA, Colo.(KKCO) Baylee Jane Sutherland was born on January 20. It was a night that started with a plan, that quite literally went off the beaten path.
“She was born on the side of the road in an ambulance,” said Baylee’s mom Tamra Terrell.
Baylee was four pounds and seven ounces, but the number her parents will always remember is mile marker 101 on Highway 141.
"I think she got her patience from her dad, she couldn't wait any longer," said Baylee’s father Travis Sutherland.
Tamra and Travis live in Nucla. With five children, they’re no strangers to the obstacles that come with living in a rural community.
"You’re kind of prepared for it living so far away from a hospital," said Tamra.
But Baylee’s arrival was unexpected for Emergency Medical Services personnel in this small town.
"The last child delivered in here was about 15 years ago just outside of Naturita,” said EMS provider Jeff Stephens.
While it’s not common, doctors say women who have had several children are more likely to deliver before getting to a hospital.
"Stay calm, that's the most important thing. Panic is your worst enemy," said Doctor Ron Stewart, the medical director for the Birth Center at Community Hospital.
Doctor Stewart says a quick childbirth means there are likely no complications. If a baby is born without medical assistance parents should keep the baby warm and dry. He also says parents shouldn’t worry about cutting or tying the umbilical cord.
“Potentially if you don’t do it right it could be dangerous. I would just leave it to someone who knows what they’re doing and has the proper equipment to take care of it,” said Doctor Stewart.
That someone may not always be a doctor, which is why first responders are trained to help coach parents through what can be a scary situation.
"My purpose is to make sure everyone stays clam, make sure the baby is breathing once born and make sure mom is doing okay," said 911 Dispatcher Amanda Conrad.
For Tamra, it was a group of EMS volunteers who helped bring Baylee into the world.
"She was a trooper. She was calm and handling her pain really well. She was laughing and joking with us right up until she delivered the child,” said Stephens.
Baylee may be too young to understand how unique she is, but her mom says it’s a story she can’t wait to share.