EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Being a baby can be tough. So is being a first time mom. For Kelly Lockyer, son Carmine’s birth was a crash course in expect the unexpected.
“I really couldn’t tell how far along I was. It just felt like, you know, I’d been told so many times first time labors are twelve to eighteen hours,” said Lockyer.
Kelly was just two hours into laboring at home when suddenly she felt as if things were moving quicker than expected. She and her fiance Eddie Angiollo called 911.
East Haven firefighter-paramedic Mike Cieplak was one of the first responders to the couple’s home.
“We weren’t sure if we were gonna be able to transport her or not but it became clear when we got here that she had no choice but to deliver where she was,” said Cieplak.
“I was laying right on the floor on a bunch of towels and my head was kind of like right up against the tub,” said Lockyer.
Just forty minutes later, Carmine made his grand entrance.
“When it was going on it was scary. It was probably the scariest thing I’ve ever experienced,” said Angiollo.
“They kept us calm. They walked us through everything and I felt very safe,” said Lockyer.
“I’m thrilled that mom and baby are okay and I’m extremely grateful that I was able to be a part of the process of bringing him into this world,” said Cieplak.
Kelly and Eddie say they’re grateful for the men who made sure their son was born healthy and safe. Now, the focus is on keeping him that way.
“This is a miracle baby. This is gonna be my go to guy right here,” said Angiollo.
“He’s doing great. I’m trying to get him on some sort of a schedule, every three hours eating, sleeping. I’m tired but I’m actually amazed at how I’m able to function with such little sleep. So, we’ll see. I hear it gets better,” said Lockyer.