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Silverthorne mom gives birth alone in bathtub

NICOLE FORMOSASummit County CorrespondentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

FRISCO When newborn Harrison Burt gets a little older, he can tell people that not only was he born in a bathtub, but he was born in a bathtub in a barn, sort of.Harrisons mom, Michelle, gave birth to her son alone in the familys empty bathtub at their barn-style home in Silverthorne less than five minutes and two pushes after her water broke on Tuesday morning. Her husband Eddy had left the house just after 8 a.m. to take the couples 2-year-old daughter Phoebe to daycare. On his way, Michelle called to say her water broke. He figured hed go back to the house, pick up his wife and they would go to the hospital for labor, but Harrison had other plans for the morning.I dropped (Phoebe) off, when I got back out to the car there was a message from (Michelle) saying, I just had the baby in our bathtub, by herself and I could hear the baby crying in the background, Eddy Burt said from his wifes hospital room at Summit Medical Center Thursday afternoon.He then hung up the phone, called 911 and raced home. Back in the bathtub, Michelle recalled a program shed seen the night before on the Discovery Health Channel, coincidentally, about women giving birth. The television showed a mother pick up the baby and set him on her chest just after the delivery.Michelle did the same.It was pretty instinctual I think. You just want to hold him, Michelle said. And then 911 called right then and I said, I just had the baby and they said, Is it a boy or a girl? I said, I dont know, I JUST had the baby. Police and ambulance arrived about four minutes after the birth.When Eddy pulled up, the EMTs were already there.They had Harrison on the pool table checking his vitals and Michelle was still in the bathtub and they were taking her vitals. I went downstairs and warmed up some towels to put on the baby and then they up and left, he said. It was kind of quick. The whole thing was kind of quick.Michelle said everything happened so fast, she didnt have time to be scared, and even though Harrison was two weeks early, she wasnt caught off guard because Phoebe had arrived a month early two years ago.As for her super-short labor, Michelle thinks she actually might have been in labor the night before, but since she had a stomach bug, she couldnt tell the difference between stomach cramps from her sickness and contractions.Regardless, little Harrison will have quite the tale to tell when he gets a little older.It is a good story, isnt it? I mean everybody has a birth story, but … its a good story, Michelle said.Harrison James Burt was born at 8:17 a.m. on Tuesday and weighed 7 pounds, one ounce. Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-4629, or at nformosa@summitdaily.com.


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