A young couple in Everett now has a special connection to Safeway, after their daughter was born in the store's parking lot. The unexpected delivery happened on Wednesday morning, as the parents-to-be raced to the hospital.
Chris Palmer and Stormie Martin were making the seven mile drive from their home to the hospital when Martin realized the baby wasn't going to wait.
"I could feel her crowning," said Martin. "It was a little bit of shock and a little bit of wow, this is where this is going to happen."
She told Palmer to pull over as quickly as he could.
"She was trying to get me to pull over before Safeway but I didn't want to pull over in a bicycle lane," said Palmer. "So I just told her to wait til we got to Safeway at least."
Once he parked, Palmer called 911, and a dispatcher began talking him through the delivery as emergency responders rushed to the parking lot.
He made that call at 7:36 a.m. Firefighters arrived at the Safeway parking lot minutes later, followed by the baby.
"It happened so fast," said Everett Firefighter Jason Brock. "And here was this beautiful baby girl. And getting to watch her take her first breath of fresh air was pretty amazing."
Martin was in the passenger seat of the couple's Dodge Neon when little Austin Marie Palmer was born. The new parents say it will be a great story to tell their daughter when she gets older.
"We're hoping to keep the car and keep it running so she can have it when she's ready," they said, laughing. "Just hold onto it and be like, hey you were born in this!"
Mom and baby were both taken to Providence Regional Medical Center to be checked out. Both are happy, healthy, and doing well.
Austin weighed in at seven pounds, one ounce, and nineteen-and-a-half inches long.