Woman gives birth at Pensacola gas station


A Mississippi woman’s water broke while at a Pensacola gas station.

“I’m going into labor and my water’s been broke,” she said in a call to 911.

That’s just part of the frightening 911 call 23-year-old Kayla made from the Tom Thumb gas station at West Nine Mile Road and Beulah Road.

“You can feel part of the baby?” the dispatcher asked. “Yes ma’am.” “What part? You can feel the head?” “Yes, I think so,” she replied.

She and her husband are from Mississippi and she was visiting him while he works in Pensacola. The 911 dispatcher tried to let the husband know he might be delivering their baby.

“I’m going to prepare you just in case you have to deliver the baby, okay?” the dispatcher said.

“I’m not fixin’ to deliver no baby,” he replied.

They were at the gas station around 2 a.m. Monday when her contractions got to be less than a minute apart.

“Is the head out?” (crying) “Yes ma’am. Please, come on, please.”

The ambulance arrived and the baby was born in the parking lot quickly. Courtney Kocon has been an EMT for three years and this was her first time delivering a baby in the field. She’s a new mother herself.

“I just had a beautiful baby boy about three months ago..four months ago actually,” Kocon said. “It was a great experience..beautiful experience…to bring a baby into this world.”

She was with Lieutenant William Hill and he said he doesn’t often get calls like this.

“I’ve been doing this job as a paramedic for about 16 years and that’s the fourth child I’ve ever delivered so it’s few and far between,” he said.

The family is doing just fine still in town and did not want to talk on camera. They are preparing to head back home to Mississippi. 

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