No, it wasn't planned that way, but luckily, Georgia mom Tanya St. Preux's mid-shopping trip delivery did end up going smoothly due to stroke of complete luck. A labor and delivery nurse from Piedmont Atlanta Hospital happened to also be shopping at the store and was there to help St. Preux safely deliver a healthy baby boy.
St. Preux told Parents she went to the store to buy nursing bras, but left with her fourth baby! As it happened, nurse Caris Lockwood had also gone to Target to purchase shoes. After St. Preux started having contractions en route to the bra section, Lockwood's mom convinced her to let her daughter check her out.
"The thing is, I hadn't realized I was in actual labor," the mom told Parents, adding that she'd had contractions about an hour apart for several hours prior, but then everything had stopped. Once things truly took off near the entrance of Target, it only took about 20 minutes for her son to arrive.
The hospital shared a photo of the nurse and the new mama and her son on Facebook, along with this caption: "An ordinary trip to Target quickly became extraordinary for Piedmont Atlanta Hospital labor and delivery nurse Caris Lockwood. Fellow shopper Tanya St. Preux went into active labor as she was shopping, so Caris jumped right in to deliver the 7-pound, 10-ounce healthy baby boy right there at the store's entrance."
St. Preux said about Lockwood, "Caris was God-sent and amazing. She was sweet and caring and exceeded everyone's expectations. She went way over far and beyond." The new mom also told us about her birth story getting so much attention, "I'm happy because I feel like Caris deserves attention. She did a wonderful job."
Piedmont Healthcare told us the two families keep in touch following the August 25 birth. They added, "The local Fox 5 news team said that the father is asking Target security footage from that day since he wasn't there for the birth himself."
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St. Preux confirmed that Lockwood's mom has visited her and her son, and that the nurse will likely swing by tomorrow. She also joked that she doesn't think Lockwood ended up buying shoes that day.
As for how the mom and baby are doing now? "We are great," St. Preux told us.