Baby born in parking lot amid chaos at WBMC
by Ron Harris
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Tessa Kilgore of Oakman holds her newborn daughter, Kylie, in her room at Walker Baptist Medical Center Saturday afternoon. Kylie was born in the front parking lot at the hospital after a bomb threat forced an evacuation of the facility. Kylie weighed in at 5 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 inches long. Kylie’s dad is LaDarrick Babbs of Burnwell. Daily Mountain Eagle - Ron Harris
Tessa Kilgore of Oakman holds her newborn daughter, Kylie, in her room at Walker Baptist Medical Center Saturday afternoon. Kylie was born in the front parking lot at the hospital after a bomb threat forced an evacuation of the facility. Kylie weighed in at 5 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 inches long. Kylie’s dad is LaDarrick Babbs of Burnwell. Daily Mountain Eagle - Ron Harris
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Tessa Kilgore’s pregnancy had been pretty routine up until Friday morning.

Then, not so much.

Kilgore, 21, was among the 76 patients at Walker Baptist Medical Center forced to be evacuated from the hospital by a bomb threat called in to Walker County E-911.

Only problem was that Tessa was in labor, ready to deliver her first baby.

Regardless, nurses were forced to wheel Tessa — in full, active labor — into the hospital’s front parking lot at 8:50 a.m.

“At first I didn’t know if I was supposed to push or not,” Kilgore said. “I was scared, especially when they put up the blankets around me taking me to the parking lot.”

Just 33 minutes later — at 9:23 a.m. and laying under the shade of a few trees — Kylie Babbs arrived.

“It was just crazy,” said Kilgore, who’s from Oakman. “I didn’t know what to think. I was as shocked as everyone else about (having to be evacuated). She would pick today to be born when all this was happening.”

The baby, which was quickly whisked away with her mom to a waiting ambulance and taken to the Alabama Outpatient Surgery Center, weighed in at 5 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Kylie’s due date was not until July 12.

“I was gonna be induced next Friday,” Kilgore said, “but she came a little early.”

Kylie’s dad is LaDarrick Babbs, 20, of Burnwell.

“It was crazy,” he said, with a smile on his face.

“By the time she was born, I didn’t care who was around and watching,” Kilgore said. “It was quicker than I thought it would be.”

The baby was supposed to be delivered by Dr. Bridget Brunner, but she was out of town Friday.

Dr. LoRissia Autery stepped in and delivered Kylie with no complications.

“Certain things can’t be planned all the time. Birth is one of them,” Autery said. “The patient remained calm and upbeat and the delivery was just as beautiful outside as they always are inside. It’s an unforgettable experience. I have the best career.”

Kilgore said the work of the nurses and doctors attending to her helped make the situation better.

“They were great,” she said. “They were calm and didn’t freak out. Dr. Autery was great.”

“It was great that, despite all the stress of the event, when we all heard the first cry of the newborn everyone started clapping their hands and cheering,” said Dr. Mark Randall, a general surgeon at Walker Baptist who was caring for patients during the evacuation.

“Everybody was clapping,” Kilgore said. “I think that’s what made me cry the most.”

Kilgore and Kylie and expected to be released from the hospital later today.