Woman gives birth in Costco parking lot - FOX 35 News Orlando

Woman gives birth in Costco parking lot

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WINTER PARK, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

An Orlando mother gave birth in a Costco parking lot overnight, because she could not make it to the hospital in time. 

Baby Celeste Elaine Davis is 8 pounds, just over 19 inches long and born a week early.

"My water broke, probably about a quarter to four," said the mother Chantill Ortiz.

Early Wednesday morning, Ortiz and finance Rick Davis were rushing to get to Winter Park Memorial Hospital.  They didn't make it; little Celeste wanted out.

"We were turning on to University and Costco was right there, and by the time he got out of the truck and got around, she was coming out," said Ortiz.

"By the time I ran out and opened the door I saw the tip of her head come out," said Davis. "I wasn't thinking I just grabbed the baby and I just moved her out and she was freaking out because the baby wasn't crying or moving. So that's when I made sure her mouth was clear, started rubbing her, and she started crying. I gave the baby to her while I was talking to 911 trying to figure out what to do."

Rick Davis handled it very well. In fact he used his shoe lace to tie his daughter's umbilical cord.

"It was amazing. I feel blessed to have that experience."

He delivered a happy, healthy baby girl.

"Maybe she's going to be feisty, stubborn, I don't know," the mother laughed as she was describing her daughter's personality.

The couple has two other children together. The family is expected to go home Thursday.

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