Auburndale Mother Gives Birth in Van

An Auburndale family is celebrating a new arrival, their fourth child Cooper. But Cooper wasn't the only surprise.

"I thought I had plenty of time," Sarah Budtke told NewsChannel 7 thinking back to the morning of Cooper's arrival.

She should know. Budtke's done this three times with older children Cheyenne, Noah and Emma. But something about this birth was different.

"I got up about six o'clock in the morning having contractions not really that close together. About 45 minutes later, I decided to call Dave at work and tell him that he needed to come home because we needed to head to the hospital," Budtke remembered.

For some reason, Budtke couldn't shake the feeling that she wasn't going to make it. She was right. In addition to arriving more than a week early, baby Cooper made his first appearance not at the hospital, but in the back of his parent's minivan.

"We made it about two minutes away from the hospital and I could tell that the baby was coming out so we had to pull over," Budtke shared.

While she called 911, her husband Dave delivered their son.

"There really wasn't a whole lot of time to get scared because he came so fast," Dave Budtke explained adding, "I was just glad I was there when Emma was being born so I knew what to look for."

"The biggest thing was I was just scared because I wanted to make sure he came out and that he was going to be breathing and everything," Sarah Budtke said.

To mom and dad's relief, baby Cooper had a healthy set of lungs and the family was able to make it the remaining few blocks to Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

"It will be something none of us will ever forget," Sarah Budtke laughed.

That's especially true for Dave who shares a birthday with his son.

Both mom and dad say Cooper is the last edition to the Budtke family, but big brother Noah and older sister Cheyenne would each like to see one more. Little Emma is impartial.

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