Greenfield mother of four gives birth in back of an ambulance

Posted at 6:48 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 19:48:40-04

It was Memorial Day and Tanya Houser was 37 1/2 weeks pregnant. She had some cramping but thought she was just dehydrated. It was just before 6 p.m. 

“I was in a lot of pain. I couldn’t get up. Nobody could get me up,” said Houser. 

Her husband, Charles, called 911. 

“I’m glad I did because these guys did an amazing job,” he said. 

Soon, a group of paramedics with Greenfield Fire Department arrived. The timing couldn’t have been better. They brought in a stretcher for Tanya. But, after they loaded the 37-year-old mother in the back of the ambulance, they couldn’t start driving to the hospital. 

“She looked at me and said I gotta push,” said paramedic Jayson Mcauliffe. 

“Everything happened so quickly,” said paramedic Brian Relihan. 

Madison Zoey Houser had arrived into the world weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces.

Tanya delivering her bundle of joy in the back of the Greenfield Fire Department’s rig. 

It was the first time this group of young paramedics had delivered a baby on the job. 

TODAY’S TMJ4 was at the Greenfield Fire Department for the heartwarming reunion between with the Houser family and the paramedics who brought baby Madison into this world. 

“They were able to see life come into the world instead of seeing people on their way out,” said Lt. Rich Lambe, who arrived to the scene shortly after Tanya gave birth. 

Paramedic, Justin Young, cut the cord. The four paramedics said everyone had a role in the delivery. 

“That is something that you could not do alone,” said paramedic Justin Young. 

“It’s a miracle. There’s no words to describe it,” said Tanya Houser. 

“I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to repay them,” said Charles Houser.