The delivery of Rudy and Amber de Vries’ baby wasn’t scripted and it certainly didn’t go according to plan.
De Vries said he and his wife were at their daughter Abigail’s birthday party until around 8 p.m. Amber de Vries was in the late stages of her pregnancy and had been experiencing discomfort all day, he said, but thought it would eventually subside.
So when Amber de Vries started experiencing serious pain and began having continuous contractions late Wednesday night, her husband sprung into action. He began putting an overnight bag together and gathering anything he thought his wife may need at the hospital.
“I had the door to the car open, and we were ready to go,” he said.
Then she said: “Rudy, I don’t think I am going to make it.”
Rudy de Vries hurriedly dialed 911, and first responders from the Scho-Wright Volunteer Ambulance Squad quickly responded.
“I am thankful that the two people that showed up are friends of ours,” de Vries said. “It definitely helped smooth things out quite a bit.”
When the first responders arrived, they determined there was not enough time to take her to a hospital and told the couple the baby would be born at home.
“Never did I think the delivery would go this way,” Rudy de Vries said. “It was such a surprise.”
The baby girl, Ava de Vries, was born at 12:51 a.m. Shortly after, the mother and baby were taken to Bellevue Woman’s Center in Niskayuna.
“The two are doing great,” Rudy de Vries said. “They will be home from the hospital tomorrow, and I am looking forward to it.”