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Posted on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 1:56 p.m.

Chelsea man delivers wife's baby at home

By Kody Klein

Editor's note: The hospital the mother and daughter were transported to has been changed to reflect accurate information.

Chelsea resident Jocelyn Webber went into labor so suddenly she had no choice but to give birth to her daughter, Aubrey, at home, Chelsea Standard reports.

An emergency dispatch operator talked her husband, Kyle, through the delivery process Feb. 11 after he returned home from work to help his wife. Firefighters from the Chelsea Fire Department raced to the scene, but the husband had delivered the baby girl before they were able to reach house.

Mother and baby were transported by ambulance to the University of Michigan Hospital after Huron Valley Ambulance paramedics pronounced them both as "doing fine."


Ann English

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 12:27 a.m.

I know of people born at home, but they were not delivered by their fathers; my first thought about what Kyle did was, "He delivered his own baby." I've heard that male obstetricians are forbidden from delivering their own children.


Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 3:06 p.m.

Congratulations!! glad to know that mom and baby are doing well. Way to go, dad!


Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 4:35 a.m.

Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706 and still lived to the ripe old age of 84 years. His mom had no prenatal care and Ben wasn't born in a fancy hospital or had any vaccines. Medicine has came a long ways since then but even today, 84 years old is pretty good.


Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 9:27 p.m.

BTW My own grandmother died when her last of 12 children was born!

Ann English

Wed, Feb 20, 2013 : 12:22 a.m.

jcj, Benjamin Franklin came from a large family, some of which did die very young. Susanna Wesley gave birth to nineteen children in the 1690s and early 1700s, but about seven of them died as infants. John and Charles were among her youngest children.


Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 2:05 p.m.

There are always exceptions. For every example of things going right in the 17 or 1800's there are almost as many examples of things going wrong


Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 10:26 p.m.

WTG dad!!.. now all the good cheek nuzzles and kisses can begin. This little one was in a sure fire hurry!!.. Bless all of you!!.

Top Cat

Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 9:50 p.m.

So how old will Aubrey be when she first says, "If I've heard that story once, I've heard it a hundred times."


Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 9:38 p.m.

It's funny that this story is illustrated with what looks like a photo of a medical facility.


Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 7:24 p.m.

"Chelsea man delivers wife's baby at home." From the headline one could infer that the wife's husband was not the baby's father (which I suspect is not the case). Otherwise, the headline normally would characterize the baby as the child of both, not just of the wife.


Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 4:38 a.m.

Technically, @johnnya2, not even the mother would ALWAYS know with 100% certainty.


Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 4:17 a.m.

You are assuming facts not in evidence. In fact, unless they do a paternity test there is no way anybody other than the mother knows 100% for sure.


Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 8:43 p.m.

"Chelsea woman delivers baby at home with help from her husband" might be more appropriate.

Macabre Sunset

Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 7:10 p.m.

It wasn't all that long ago this wasn't news in the slightest, and I'd bet this happens far more than we'd guess. After all, man has been around a few million years longer than Chelsea Community Hospital. There are only rare cases when birthing in a hospital makes a difference. Many go to this expense because insurance plans give us the luxury of not having a clue how much hospitals cost, but we pay a lot of money for that tiny difference in outcome. Worth it? Definitely for some.


Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 4:39 a.m.

Don't forget, the doctors are helping to get mothers pregnant at an older and older age. Women in their 40's are giving birth. At one time that was unheard of. Older pregnancies are more risky, the doc's have a good thing going by creating more work for themselves


Tue, Feb 19, 2013 : 4:16 a.m.

There is NOWHERE is the story that mentions a midwife delivering the baby. So the stats stand. Those delivered in a HOSPITAL, versus those NOT delivered in a hospital. You can throw all kinds of other twists into your story but the fact remains, YOU mentioned MILLIONS of years of giving birth and JCJ pointed out that it was not an easy or not risky proposition. Today it a much safer thing than it was in the early 20th century BECAUSE of hospitals or doctors being present at births. But don;t let facts get in the way of your story. You never do

Macabre Sunset

Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 9:26 p.m.

My statistics come from the same place you got those apostrophes. But it is an apples-to-oranges comparison. More relevant would be current statistics on midwife-aided birth, or birth when there is emergency backup available (as there was here).


Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 9:06 p.m.

"There are only rare cases when birthing in a hospital makes a difference." That may be true, but I would be interested in knowing where you got your statistic's. Oh that's right you did not cite any facts or references. At the beginning of the 20th century, for every 1000 live births, six to nine women in the United States died of pregnancy-related complications, and approximately 100 infants died before age 1 year (1,2). From 1915 through 1997, the infant mortality rate declined greater than 90% to 7.2 per 1000 live births, and from 1900 through 1997, the maternal mortality rate declined almost 99% to less than 0.1 reported death per 1000 live births (7.7 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1997) No need to make unsubstantiated claims!