By Bob Allen

OHIO TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – The father of a newborn baby has proven he can respond to a crisis.

His pregnant wife couldn’t wait until they got to the hospital and the delivery came along the Parkway North Saturday night.

“She said, ‘I can’t wait.’ I looked at her and said, ‘I can’t deliver a baby,’” Matt Richards said.

That was the dilemma Matt and Cetta Richards were facing on their way to the hospital around 9 p.m. Their newborn daughter, Isabella, was ready to come into the world and nothing was going to stop her.

The couple was rushing to West Penn Hospital from Cranberry Township. However, Matt had to pull off the highway to bring his second daughter into the world.

Fortunately, a 911 dispatcher guided him step-by-step through the delivery which only took two minutes.

“Her water broke and she started and she started pushing. Literally, with one push Isabella’s head was out,” Matt said.

“I just knew she wasn’t waiting anymore. I just felt the need to push. Luckily, we were stopped on the road. I had the urge, three pushes later she was completely delivered,” Cetta said.

Matt used his shoestrings to tie off the umbilical cord and a spare tee-shirt to keep his new daughter warm until an ambulance arrived.

He said he was acting strictly on instinct.

“Our first baby, I looked at the wall, didn’t want to see anything going on. But, with this, your instinct take over. You say, ‘Okay, the baby’s coming,’ and you just do it,” Matt said.

As for Cetta , she delivered the baby without any relief for pain, but she said it was all worth it because they now have a healthy 7-pound-3-ounce baby, who is ready to join her 16-month-old sister.


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