Amanda Anderson gave birth to Annabelle Jade Sutton at her Cornelius home on the couch around 7:30 a.m. Friday in the middle of a snow and ice storm that gripped the Charlotte region. Annabelle’s parents say the paramedics arrived seconds before she was born.
“My contractions were, just horrible, horrible,” Anderson said from her hospital bed at Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center.
On Thursday, Anderson had been sent home from two other hospitals. She says that’s why when her contractions got bad around 2 a.m. Friday, she didn’t think she was close to labor.
Around 6:30 a.m., she had a bath, and she felt after that, it was time to go to the hospital. Her fiancé, Joseph Sutton, was getting the car ready, when they decided the baby wasn’t waiting.
They called 911, and the couple says the paramedics arrived just before Amanda gave birth to Annabelle. Sutton said, “I kinda got woozy in the knees. Then after that, she grabbed me and then yanked me towards her and then after that, the other paramedic stepped up and caught her as she was coming out.”
Anderson said, “It was crazy. I’m thankful it’s over. I’m thankful she’s here, and she’s healthy.”
Annabelle weighed 6 lbs, 2 ounces and was 19 inches long at birth.