Kyle couple delivers ‘miracle baby’ at home on New Year’s Day

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KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — A couple in Kyle unexpectedly delivered their baby girl at home, early New Year’s Day.

Michael and Megan Cardwell said the were ringing in the New Year safely, when Megan started having contractions.

From there, everything happened so fast. The couple said they didn’t have time to make it to the hospital. So, they headed for the bathtub instead.

“We were hoping in the tub, welcoming our little girl ourselves,” Megan said, while laughing. 

“That was not a part of the plan, [but] that’s what happened,” the Cardwell’s said, with a chuckle. 

The couple said they had to act fast. 

“Around 12:20 [in the morning], [Megan] came out of the room, and she was like, ‘Things are moving,’” Michael said. “There was very little time to act.”

Megan said she never imagined delivering a baby at home, though they did consider it, because of rising COVID-19 numbers. 

And their 2-year-old daughter was down the hall, with not a clue.

“She didn’t hear the delivery, she just slept right through,” The Cardwell’s said.

Michael said he called 911 immediately, when he knew he was going to have to deliver their baby girl.

He credits a 911 operator for talking him through it, even instructing him on how to tie the umbilical cord off with a shoelace.

“If it was not for those operators, who knows what would have happened,” he said. 

Megan and baby Meredith were evaluated at Ascension Seton Hays Hospital, on Saturday. 

They’re back home now. And the couple can’t help but reflect on their experience. 

“You can’t control a lot but, walking away with a little rainbow miracle baby, what else can you ask for?,” Megan said.

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