"Impatient maybe?" Parents deliver newborn on the side of Route 460
CAMPBELL Co., Va. (WSET) -- A local couple has a memorable story to tell about their trip to the delivery room that took a slight detour.
Brandon Hamby had to take on a couple different roles before his wife and baby made it to Virginia Baptist Hospital.
Sunday morning wasn't the trip they were expecting.
"My water broke in my bathroom at the house and that was when we were like we need to leave," said Emma Hamby, who delivered baby Brantley on Sunday.
They left their home in Appomattox, trying to get to Virginia Baptist, but little Brantley had other ideas.
The Hambys had to pull their truck over on Route 460 near the Campbell County - Appomattox County line because Brantley was ready to make his debut.
Brandon called 911, but Brantley wasn't about to wait.
"I saw the head, so I set the phone down and I felt around where the chin was and I pulled while she pushed," Brandon said.
And that's when in a ditch, on the side of Route 460, at 1:40 a.m. Sunday, they delivered their son.
"There's a lot of people who are like, 'I cant do that in that situation,' but you don't know until you do it," Brandon said.
"I didn't even think through it, just natural instinct kicked in through it for me, as a woman your body knows what it's got to do," Emma added.
Brandon says he wrapped the newborn in his shirt and jackets from his truck.
When the ambulance arrived, it took Emma and Brantley to the hospital, leaving Brandon shirtless.
"I had to, I didn't know what to do, I was so embarrassed," Brandon said. "I was like, 'oh well,' they'll understand, oh well."
A lot of laughs now, with hopefully more to come in the future.
"I think we looked at each other and said, 'it's going to be two years and he's going to be into everything and it's going to be chaos again,'" Emma said.
Emma and Brandon hope to take Brantley home Tuesday.
He has five siblings waiting at home for him; three sisters and two brothers.