When Janeth Martin woke up with contractions at 2 a.m. Wednesday, she thought her baby might arrive earlier than she expected. She had an induction scheduled at the hospital for 6 a.m., but she and her husband Colby decided they probably should head to the hospital a little early.
Janeth probably didn’t expect to have her baby 10 minutes later in the Cache High School parking lot.
The Martins welcomed their third child, Jaxon Jay Martin, at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday.
By phone Wednesday afternoon, Colby Martin calmly related the series of events leading to his son’s birth.
After Janeth woke up with a few contractions, she took a shower and the Martins prepared to leave for the hospital, which Colby said is only about 10 minutes away from the home.
Four minutes into the drive, Janeth’s water broke and she started having much harder contractions. She told Colby to pull over because the baby was coming.
“It was an adrenaline rush for sure,” Colby said, “But I felt pretty calm. I wasn’t too worried about it. I trusted that’s what needed to happen.”
Colby said Janeth told him later that she wasn’t nervous about the delivery either, but she felt confident and glad he was there with her.
Colby, who just graduated from physician assistant school, went to the passenger side of the car, reclined the seat, and called 911. He delivered the baby and wrapped it in Janeth’s jacket. A few minutes later a police officer arrived, followed by paramedics who helped Colby clamp and cut the baby’s umbilical cord.
Because the car was warm and they were only a few blocks from the hospital, Colby declined an ambulance ride and drove his wife and son to Logan Regional Hospital.
Jaxon weighed 8 pounds 1 ounce, and both mom and baby were healthy, Colby said.