Maple Grove Hospital Welcomes 15,000th Baby ... in the Parking Lot

Updated: 07/15/2014 7:46 AM
Created: 07/14/2014 5:38 PM
By: Jessica Miles

It's only been open four years, but on Monday Maple Grove Hospital delivered its 15,000th baby.

Original projections didn't predict that many births until the year 2022.

The way a little 7-pound baby girl came into the world was quite a surprise. Labor and delivery nurse Becky Cooper was on her way into the hospital just before 7 a.m. when she noticed a car parked at the emergency room's doors.

One check and she knew this mom wasn't going to make it inside.

"Clearly she wasn't going to make it into the hospital, the baby's head was already coming out," Cooper said.

"I just went ahead and delivered the baby to the mom's chest and told her it was a little girl. After the baby was delivered she broke out in tears, I think she was in shock," Cooper said.

Mom and baby are doing fine.

Monday afternoon doctors and nurses celebrated the 15,000th birth with pink lemonade and cake, and say it was extra special with how this little girl came into the world.

Last year, Maple Grove Hospital had the second highest delivery volume in the state, attracting patients from all over Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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