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Man delivers son at scenic rest stop
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For one Canadian couple, a popular scenic rest stop turned into the setting for the dramatic birth of their son. - photo by Jessica Ivins
HUDSONS HOPE, B.C. For one Canadian couple, a popular scenic rest stop turned into the setting for the dramatic birth of their son.

Tyler Olsen was rushing his laboring partner, Caitlin Vince, to the hospital earlier this month. The couple lives in a remote part of British Columbia with no hospital, and home births are outlawed. The route to the nearest medical facility includes a remote highway through the Peace River valley.

Olsen and Vince were only halfway there when they realized they had run out of time.

I knew we werent gonna make it, Vince told CBC News.

Vinces contractions grew stronger, and Olsen said he barely had enough time to get her to the ground before the baby began to crown. With the help of 911 operators and a couple of tourists whod stop to admire the scenery, Olsen delivered his baby boy in the gravel, CBC reports.

But the drama didnt end there.

The baby was born en caul meaning he was still encased in the amniotic sac when he came out. Olsen used his pocket knife to free the baby from the sac.

It was amazing, Vince told CBC.

Baby and mother kept warm in a sleeping bag while they waited for paramedics to arrive. With the help of EMTs, Olsen was able to cut the umbilical cord before Vince and the baby were taken to the hospital.

The baby Augustus Olsen weighed in at 8 pounds 2 ounces and was declared perfectly healthy. His parents said theyll always cherish the beauty of the rest stop where they first met their son.

Its just the most special, beautiful spot, Vince said. Hes a fantastic baby.
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