Baby Delivered at Wedding Downtown
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MILWAUKEE - New life on the lakefront. A baby was born Saturday near the steps of the Milwaukee Art Museum during a wedding party.
It's an amazing story of bad timing, but good luck.
A New Berlin couple thought they could make it to the hospital on time. But it turned out they didn't need to.
Ben Sherwood had just turned down Lincoln Memorial Drive when his wife Kimberly said it was time. They were trying to get to Saint Mary's Hospital.
"She turns to me," said Ben, "and says, 'Ben you have to pull over. We are having this baby right now.'"
"As we were pulling past the Calatrava I noticed a police officer in their driveway," Ben explained.
Ben pulled in and flagged down Officer Rick Bungertz.
"You are helping me deliver a baby," Ben told the officer. "He had the same frighten look I had," Ben said Sunday as his wife laughed.
It was time for plan B.
Ben noticed a lot of people at the Calatrava and started yelling for a doctor.
"And all of sudden a woman in a peach dress comes running in her high heels and comes down and jumps in (to the Sherwood's car)."
It was Annette Soborowicz, an emergency room nurse.
"She said I have to push and I said, 'We can do this,'" Annette explained.
"Before we know it, we see the head," said Ben. "Two pushes, full head. Second push full body."
"I said, 'Push slowly," Soborowicz recounted. "So as she did, I just checked to make sure there was no chord around the neck and I said, 'Let's get this baby out.'"
Seconds later little Lincoln arrived to a crowd of cheers from not one but two wedding parties.
"I turned around and there's a bride there and I just had this inquisitive look," said Ben. So the bride explained that it was her mother who just caught the baby.
It was an amazing day for the mother of the bride. "My daughter got married to a wonderful young man who became my son," said Soborowicz, "And there was another son born to a very special couple."
A special couple who want to make sure Lincoln never forgets where he was born.
"So we decided to add Calatrava to the middle name. So it's Lincoln James Calatrava Sherwood," Ben said.
It's on the birth certificate. Lincoln was the name the parents had picked before he was born.
The police officer did call for an ambulance and doctor from a second wedding party also showed up.
The Sherwoods want thank everyone who helped and they hope to meet them all soon.