Red Lodge: Father becomes makeshift midwife during superbowl

Ruben TrejoSanchez delivered his baby at home during Super Bowl weekend.

Ruben TrejoSanchez delivered his baby at home during Super Bowl weekend. - Credit: Archant

SUPER Bowl Sunday was a memorable night for the 100 million people who tuned in to watch the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers – but for one RAF Lakenheath couple, it was a night they will celebrate for the rest of their lives.

SUPER Bowl Sunday was a memorable night for the 100 million people who tuned in to watch the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers – but for one RAF Lakenheath couple, it was a night they will celebrate for the rest of their lives.

While everyone else was watching Beyoncé during the halftime show, Tech Sgt Ruben TrejoSanchez, from the 493rd aircraft maintenance unit in charge of weapons maintenance, was helping his wife deliver their first child, Alexis Quinn, at their home in Red Lodge.

As Ruben watched the first half of the game his wife, Tech Sgt Patti TrejoSanchez, from the 48th medical support squadron transfusion service, started having contractions.

“I downloaded an app on my iPad to keep track of the contractions,” said Ruben.


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“The medical group told me the criteria was two to three minutes apart, 60 seconds each, so I started counting them.”

Ruben called the hospital to see if they needed to come in. He was told if his wife was able to tolerate a contraction they were not strong enough and she was not ready.

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“I guess I have a pretty high pain tolerance,” said Patti. “I was waiting for my water to break.”

At about 12.45am, Ruben called the hospital again as Patti could no longer take the contractions.

“The hospital told me it was time for us to come in,” said Ruben.

But it was too late, the baby had started to make her arrival. Ruben called for an ambulance but was told they would have to deliver the baby at home as the contractions were so close.

“I was nervous, and I couldn’t believe it was happening,” he said.

With the phone on speaker, Ruben delivered his daughter safely. “It’s a good feeling knowing that I was the first person to hold my daughter,” he said.

About 20 minutes after the initial call, the paramedics were on scene and Ruben was able to cut the umbilical cord while his wife received treatment.

“The paramedics, Mark Keeler and Laurence Milton were awesome and very professional. They took care of my wife and brought her to the base hospital,” said Ruben.

Meanwhile, Patti praised her husband. She said: “My husband did an amazing job; he was stressed but stayed calm, a lot better than I give him credit for. Our family dynamic has changed, our trust for one another has grown and we are closer than before.”

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