They thought they would make it to West Suburban Medical Center in time, but little Aidan Hector Morales couldn’t wait.
His parents, Hector Morales, 32, and Kathryn “Katie” Engel, 31, were rushing to the hospital in their Dodge van when contractions intensified. Katie called Hector to the back of the van sensing the baby wasn’t going to follow his parents’ timeline. Hector pulled over at the intersection of Roosevelt and Laramie in Cicero and called 911 before running to his fiancée’s side and delivering Aidan just in time, as he entered this world at 7:20 a.m., January 23. Hector wrapped Aidan in a blanket to keep him warm on the cold January morning – temperatures hovered around 10 degrees –just as the Cicero paramedics arrived and brought the family the rest of the way to West Suburban Medical Center.
“Upon arrival, were able to quickly take care of both baby and mom,” said Robbin Uchison, RN, Nurse Manager, Family Birthplace, West Suburban Medical Center. “It was a rare birthing experience for the family but babies are incredibly resilient. The family is doing well.”
Aidan weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measures 21 inches long, and his mother is already breastfeeding him. Aidan is the second child for Hector and Katie, who also have a two-and-a-half, who was born at West Suburban Medical Center.
Quickly surrounded by loved ones at the hospital, all members of the family are doing well and are in good condition.
West Suburban’s Irvin & Margaret Houck Family Birthplace is committed to making the birth experience as comfortable and joyous as possible for couples. Physicians, midwives, nurses and support staff work together to ensure healthy prenatal and postpartum care.