Thursday Night
29°
Clear
Friday
51°
Mostly Sunny
Friday Night
41°
Mostly Cloudy
19%
Saturday
46°
Partly Sunny
1%
Saturday Night
30°
Partly Cloudy
Sunday
44°
Mostly Sunny
Sunday Night
32°
Mostly Clear
Monday
51°
Mostly Sunny
Monday Night
40°
Mostly Clear
2%
Tuesday
56°
Mostly Cloudy
8%
Tuesday Night
40°
Slight Chance Rain Showers
24%
3 Day
Extended
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Celina paramedic delivers own baby in SUV

By Shelley Grieshop

Baby Zoey Beougher was born early Sunday morning in her parents' SUV along U.S.. . .

CELINA - Aaron Beougher has delivered a few babies during his career as a firefighter/paramedic but he never thought he'd welcome his own daughter into the world in the family's SUV.
Early Sunday morning near U.S. 127 and Oregon Road he delivered the 2-month premature infant in the front seat of his Ford Explorer. His wife, Sarah, and 3-pound, 9-ounce Zoey are doing fine, he said Monday.
"She's one tough baby," he said of his newborn.
Mother and child were taken from the scene by squad to Van Wert County Hospital, where the first-time parents were headed prior to the birth. The infant was transported to the neonatal unit of Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., where she likely will stay for several weeks, her father said.
As of Monday afternoon, Sarah Beougher remained at the Van Wert hospital anxious to be reunited with her baby.
"I'm hoping to be with her tomorrow," she said.
Her due date was Oct. 19 and all seemed to be going well, she said. She had experienced weeks of back pain but was assured at a doctor's visit last week that "everything was normal."
"It was my first pregnancy so I wasn't sure what's normal," she said.
Aaron Beougher, 36, was working the night shift at the Celina Fire Department when his wife called about 5 a.m. Sunday to say her water had broke.
"I wasn't sure whether I should call the fire department or 911. I figured I'd get him either way," she said.
Aaron Beougher arrived home and the couple soon set out for the hospital 20 miles away. They were only a few miles into their journey when his wife felt the urge to push, he said.
"I called the squad and then pulled over," he said.
Zoey was born in the passenger seat of the vehicle at 5:29 a.m.; the squad arrived one minute later.
Aaron Beougher admits he was "nervous as can be" but tried to remain calm for his wife.
"I've been doing this for 13 years and I've helped deliver four or five babies but we don't get too many preemies," he said. "I just kept telling myself childbirth is a natural thing. The baby wants to come and that's what's going to happen."
The couple credit the quick and comforting actions of Celina paramedics Chris Cline, Brian Anderson and Joel Lange for helping them through the experience.   
"They (paramedics) had the heater turned up in the back of the squad ... they used a thermal mat and blanket to keep Zoey warm," Aaron Beougher said. "The guys were great."
Sarah Beougher said she certainly wasn't prepared for the moment but knowing her husband was a trained paramedic "made it easier." She realizes many things could have gone wrong.
"The doctors and nurses at the hospital said somebody was looking out for us," she recalled.
The baby's grandfather, Steve Beougher - who serves as the Mercer County EMS director - jokingly suggested a more appropriate name for his new grandchild.
"Dad thought we should have named her Dora since she was born in the Explorer," Aaron Beougher said with a laugh.
Additional online story on this date
When St. Henry volleyball alum Diana Kramer glances toward the southwest corner of the St. Henry Middle School gymnasium, the red and white trimmed championship banners seem to scream down at her just as they have done since she was in the seventh grade. [More]
Subscriber only stories on this date
Board of elections upholds decision to reject petition
Officials talk bus-related traffic issues
St. Henry council discusses goose poop problem
MAC golf teams get busy at the Elks
Parkway earns road win over Ottoville
Driving for success
Celina is improved according to Otten
Big expectations for Cavaliers this season
Goals set high for Fort Recovery harriers
Jutte hoping for a strong year from Flyers
Wildcats look like contenders in the MAC
Veteran squads returning for New Bremen
Gaerke has the potential to qualify for state
Hemmelgarn excited to lead Redskins
St. Marys poised for an exciting fall
Veterans playing well thus far for Bulldogs
Koester is an ace for Cavaliers on the links
Fort Recovery seeking consistent improvement
Consistency is the key for Flyers this season
Wildcats will be among the MAC contenders
Veterans must be leaders for the Cardinals
Panthers will be anchored by top two players
Redskins trying to develop depth, consistency
Junior duo leading the way for Roughriders
Experience an asset for boys, concern for girls
Cavs determined to continue steady growth
Roughriders hoping to contend for WBL title
Celina striving for fifth straight WBL title
Experience a concern for the Roughriders