North Peoria dad delivers son in car

DeWayne Bartels
Mark Victor Rubsam gave his parents little warning he was coming. His father ended up delivering the baby in his car en route to the hospital.

When Laurie McBride awoke at 3 a.m. Monday with mild contractions she was not too concerned.

But, as the morning progressed the contractions grew stronger. But, they gave Laurie no indication that during the ride to the hospital to get checked her husband Randy Rubsam would end up delivering their son in the car.

At 7 a.m. Laurie called her mid-wife to tell her about the contractions. The mid-wife asked her to meet her at 8 a.m.

Things went on normally in the Rubsam household. They got their 3-year-old daughter Katie ready for day care.

In the back of Laurie’s mind she thought that might be the day, but was not sure.

“We were taking our daughter to day care. We headed down our street. The contractions all of sudden got stronger and so close,” Laurie said.

They decided to skip day care and proceeded toward the midwife’s office with Katie strapped in her car seat.

“We were laughing and excited. Then all of a sudden it got real serious,” Laurie said.

They were driving down University and decided to head to the hospital.

All of a sudden Laurie said she realized she was not just having contractions. She was in the midst of delivery, despite her efforts to breathe through the contractions.

“I could feel the head coming through,” Laurie said.

Randy pulled over at Sheridan and Forrest Hill.

“He ran around the car. The head was totally out. He started pulling gently on the baby and my water broke,” Laurie said. “Randy got him out and the baby cried right away and pinked up.

“I don’t remember being scared. We were in shock.”

Randy agreed.

“I really didn’t have time to think about what was happening,” Randy said.

He said it later occurred to him he has thought about such a scenario.

“This kind of thing crosses your mind. You imagine you’ll get to say something cool, like, ‘Push’ or ‘One more time,’” he said. “Nope, didn’t happen”

Randy added, he has learned it is a good thing for a husband to listen to his wife.

After the delivery Randy headed the car toward the hospital. The baby was in good shape at 7 pounds, 14 ounces and 19 inches. He was named Mark Victor, and his time of birth has been placed at 7:53 a.m.

Randy said the baby is great, and now his attention is turned to the seats in his car.

“The seats, I think, will be fine,” he said, laughing.

Laurie laughed when asked if she ever planned on doing this again.

“I think this is our last,” she said. “Randy was at the birth of our first. I think that’s a good thing.”

Randy said he wonders what else this  boy has in store for him.

“Maybe this is my early warning, “ he said.