Published: March 25, 2014
Karaline Simpson arrived via special delivery Tuesday.
Karaline's dad, 29-year-old Nathan Simpson, delivered his fourth daughter on the side of Highway 83 in below-freezing temperatures - all while his three other young daughters sat in the back seat of the vehicle.
"We were thinking we were going to be able to get to the hospital," said Simpson. "We did not think we were going to do a roadside delivery."
Simpson's wife, Stefanie, 30, awoke with contractions early Tuesday morning. When it was clear that it was not a false alarm, Simpson loaded up the car with his family and started up Highway 83 toward Parker Adventist Hospital.
The Simpsons, who moved from Aurora to Peyton last week, wanted to have baby Karaline delivered by the same doctor who delivered 5-year-old Kirina, 3-year-old Kaelynn, and 21-month old Kenna.
Stefanie had spent 31/2 hours in labor with Kenna, and between 7 and 8 hours with Kaelynn and Kirina. "We weren't expecting 45 minutes (with Karaline)," Nathan Simpson said.
The family was just north of East Jones Road when Stefanie told him the baby wasn't waiting.
"I was just like, 'oh crap, this is happening right now,'" said Nathan Simpson.
He got on the phone with a Douglas County dispatcher, who notified emergency responders and then told Simpson to pull over. "I was freaking out a little bit - 911 was walking me through the steps," said Simpson, who had pulled out his shoestrings in preparation to tie off the umbilical cord.
After several minutes, he heard help coming.
"As I heard the sirens, just north of where we were, that's when the head came out," he said.
Peter Rousseau, a volunteer Franktown firefighter and EMT who lives just a few miles away from where the Simpsons had stopped, , was heading out to work at Buckley Air Force Base when he got the call. He told work he was going to be late, ran out the door, drove to the nearest station - near Highway 83 and Greenland - got the firetruck and headed down the road.
"I heard dispatch say the baby was crowning," said Rousseau. "I came over the hill and he (Nathan) was waving from the car."
By the time Rousseau had arrived, Karaline was well on her way into the world. Rosseau was able to finish the delivery. He cleaned off the baby and wrapped her up.
"Stefanie and Nathan - they did the hard work. I was just there for cleanup," said Rousseau. "They get all the credit."
Minutes later, responders from the Franktown and Tri-Lakes fire districts arrived, and an ambulance took Stefanie and the baby to the hospital.
Rousseau drove a shaky Nathan to the hospital and chatted with the girls about their stuffed animals.
Baby Karaline and Stefanie are both healthy and well, Nathan Simpson said. He said first responders showed up right on time.
"God was definitely watching out."