“You can’t really hesitate or wait for someone else to come. You’re the lifeguard; you’re the lifesaver,” said Natalie Lucas
Natalie Lucas, 18, was on duty at the YMCA in Longmont, Northern Colorado, aan 24 July where Tessa Rider and husband Matthew Jones were visiting, the Washington Post berig.
Ms Rider, who was a few days past her due date, vertel the Post her water broke moments after getting into the indoor pool that morning.
“All of a sudden I felt this need to push,” Ms Rider said.
She called to her husband to meet her at the car and race to the hospital, and then promptly collapsed on all fours as soon as she got out of the pool. Ms Rider said she immediately realised the baby was on the way, Die kommentaar berig.
Ms Lucas, the sole lifeguard on duty, rushed over to find Mr Jones on the phone with 911.
“We’re having a baby,” he told her.
The lifeguard of three years said adrenaline kicked in and she went to collect towels, a first aid kit, and alerted other staff to the birth.
Sy het vertel Die kommentaar she helped try to keep Ms Rider comfortable, and supported her head as her husband helped to guide the baby out.
“I stayed calm, and I didn’t freak out, because that’s what you need to do in this job. You can’t really hesitate or wait for someone else to come. You’re the lifeguard; you’re the lifesaver,” the teenager told Die kommentaar.
The baby – Tobin “Toby” Thomas Rider – was born a few minutes later, as ten onlookers watched.
His father kept him warm until paramedics arrived a few minutes afterwards, and checked the baby.
The parents, whose two daughters Lila, 6, and 2-year-old Abigail were at church with grandparents, praised Ms Lucas’ quick thinking and calm, demeanour.
She said that she had saved a few kids from drowning over the years of working as a lifeguard, but helping a mother give birth was not something she had been trained on.
In a Facebook post, the YMCA congratulated the family and gave a “big shout out” to Ms Rider for helping deliver a baby – “something surely not covered in the job description”.
The Longmont YMCA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.