Local baby born in minivan on way to hospital

Posted at: 10/11/2013 11:43 PM
By: Jessica Layton

BALLSTON SPA - By the fourth child, Jeremiah and Julie TenEyck didn't have a very strict birthing plan.

"It would have been natural anyway," said Julie.

But the front passenger seat of the family minivan was never what the couple envisioned for bringing Baby Blake into the world.

The hospital is where they were heading around 1:20 Wednesday morning October 9th, after Julie started having contractions. But just as they were passing Exit 13 N on the Northway, only a couple minutes into the ride, Julie's water broke. 

"At that point the contractions were right on top of each other," she recalled.

Jeremiah called 911 and then 16 miles later, a few minutes from the hospital, it was time to pull over.

"I thought we had time. I thought we had time," Jeremiah said.

But they didn't. Baby Blake was born just as his father pulled over to the shoulder of the highway. Jeremiah cleared his infant's airway, they heard him cry, breathed their own sign of relief and waited for the ambulance to take mom and baby to the hospital as dad followed in the van.

"We kept our composure well and he (Jeremiah) was in control of the situation which I'm thankful for," said Julie.

But most of all, they're grateful for a healthy, peaceful baby boy with two sisters and a brother who adore him. And they look forward to the 6 pound 10 oz newborn growing into a big boy, when he will appreciate the story of the way he was born.