Louisville woman gives birth outside hospital, says doors were locked

Louisville woman gives birth outside hospital, says doors were locked
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A woman in Louisville, Ky., gave birth on the pavement outside a hospital on Mother's Day weekend after she and her husband encountered locked doors to the facility.

Sarah Patrick and her husband David Patrick said they were unable to enter Baptist Health Louisville, leading to their baby boy being delivered in a parking area, USA Today reported on Friday.

The couple initially tried to enter the Women First pavilion at the facility, only to be met by a pair of locked doors after the first set of automatic doors opened.

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After multiple attempts at finding an open entrance, with temperatures in the 30s, David Patrick called 911 and told the dispatcher his wife was "in a lot of pain, and she's ready to get this thing over with."

The dispatcher then guided him through the delivery steps.

Without a proper string to tie the umbilical cord, the husband said he used a coronavirus mask his grandmother knitted him, rolled it up like a "really tight tortilla."

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A short while later, an ambulance took the mother and her newborn, Navi, inside the hospital.

David Patrick said Navi, weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces, was "perfectly healthy, and [had] no complications."

The Baptist Health hospital's security director reportedly came to apologize for the locked doors.