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March 19, 2014

Ready or not - here I come


Kevin found Amanda in the back of the van and Judah’s head was already emerging.

“With the second contraction, I could see his shoulders and then with the next one, he was here,” said Kevin.

While it’s not every day that a father delivers his child or delivers his child in the back of a van, what sets the Swartzentrubers’ story apart from others is that Kevin is legally blind.

“It was dark in the garage already, but with my lack of vision, I had no visibility at all,” said Kevin. “I had to depend on my sense of touch.”

Kevin checked to make sure the umbilical cord was not wrapped around the baby’s neck and noticed that the amniotic sack was still surrounding Judah.

With his bare hands, Kevin tore open the sack surrounding his only son and used his finger to clear his mouth.

“I grabbed him by the waist and held him upside down until he began to cry,” Kevin said.

The entire birthing process only took a matter of moments, but Kevin said it felt like an eternity.

Little Judah Nicholas, all 7 pounds and 7 ounces of him, was born just over an hour after the family arrived home from church.

The couple called Dr. Stephen Cullen to tell them the news. The Swartzentrubers’ baby was to be the last that Cullen would be delivering.

“We told him you aren’t going to believe this,” said Amanda.

Kevin told Dr. Cullen: “You aren’t going to believe this! I just delivered the baby in our van parked in our garage.”

On the way to the hospital Amanda told Kevin they hadn’t checked to see if he was a boy. “He quickly told me, he was definitely a boy,” she said with a laugh.

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