Dax Campbell and Shyenne Huston are home, holding their new baby girl, Catalina.
The first-time parents are taking their responsibilities seriously. Like most moms and dads, they are hoping the time they get with their little one passes slowly. But slowly is not how Catalina came into the world.
“She told me she could feel the baby’s head,” Campbell said. “That’s when I said, ‘No you can’t.’”
The parents-to-be jumped in the car, with close to 30 miles between them and the hospital.
That’s when Campbell and Huston met Boise County Dep. James Anderson. The couple flagged Anderson down to tell him they were headed to the hospital; Anderson pulled them over to remind them not to speed and ask if they needed assistance.
“I told him, ‘I can make it,’ and he said, ‘No, you’re having a baby here,’” Campbell said.
Anderson says he called for an ambulance.
“By the time I got to my car, got gloves on and got back up to their vehicle, dad was helping mom,” Anderson said. “Mom started pushing. I stepped in to coach mom and catch the baby as it came out.”
Huston said Catalina was born quickly, but her first few moments of life were tense for mom and dad.
“She wasn’t crying so I yelled at her,” Campbell said. “You better start crying! Because it scared me... then she finally started to cry and I got a little emotional.”
Soon, healthy baby Catalina was back on the road, finally on her way to the hospital. This time, in mom’s arms instead of her belly.
“Other than being in the passenger seat of a car, it was a normal delivery, no complications,” Anderson said.
Catalina was born weighing 6 lbs. 10 oz. on Sept. 16, 2017.
“It was awesome watching,” Campbell said. “It was awesome getting more action than a lot of dads do.”
As if the day wasn’t memorable enough, dad and mom got engaged at the hospital after their daughter’s birth. They plan to get married next year.