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From Soda to a Son, Man Delivers it All

Posted August 24, 2007

— Going from soda pop to super pop, one local Pepsi delivery man delivered his own son Friday morning.

It happened so fast, he didn’t even have time to call 911.

Early Friday morning, John Maddox’s wife started having labor pains. They tried to leave for the hospital just before dawn, but it was too late.

“She said, ‘The baby's head is out!’ and I said, ‘No, the baby's head ain't out. You need to come on,’” Maddox recalled saying.

But his wife couldn't walk, and she lay back down.

“I told my oldest daughter to go get some towels, and when I came back, the baby's head was out,” Maddox said.

Baby Christian wasn't waiting, so the delivery man had to deliver his son at home.

“I was just waiting to catch [him], that’s all,” Maddox said. “Probably about the second push he came out, and the cord was wrapped around his neck and around his body. So when he came out, I just unwinded him, and he started crying.”

By the time paramedics arrived to take mom and baby to the hospital, most of the work was done.

“You don’t have to be a doctor to deliver, and it cuts down on the bill,” Maddox said.

Mother and baby were doing just fine Friday at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Little Christian was expected to go home Saturday with his parents and two big sisters.

While Maddox’s case was not a typical circumstance, doctors recommend delivering in a hospital when possible, because it is safer.

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  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Aug 26, 2007

    "While Maddox’s case was not a typical circumstance, doctors recommend delivering in a hospital when possible, because it is safer."

    Hehehe, that line made me laugh!

  • no taco p Aug 26, 2007

    Congrats Mom and Dad on your new baby. Hope all are doing well. God Bless.

  • no taco p Aug 26, 2007

    No the palce for dad to be. fathers sould be at the nearest pub, with a pager waiting for the call to come back and see a happy new mom with her baby.

  • carolinahome Aug 26, 2007

    omg! bonnie will you shut up already and just congratulate the family! god bless you maddox family.

  • tiggerjaw Aug 26, 2007

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MADDOX FAMILY and Dad, a true delivery man.

  • ncbaby67 Aug 25, 2007

    Well since I didn't stay at the HOLIDAY INN last night..I have no medical advice...lol...
    This is just a great story though..Congrats to the Maddox Family..

  • saltygirl2 Aug 25, 2007

    Congrats! That is an awesome story!

  • lhjmeme Aug 25, 2007

    Way to go Maddox family. What a memory to share.

  • Bing Used Aug 25, 2007

    My_perogative, I don't know about this situation, but when my husband's company change insurance companies 3 weeks before our son was due, it paid the WHOLE thing. The dr's office and the hospital sent us back the money we had paid to them.

  • angora Aug 25, 2007

    LOVE good news. Congrats to the mom and pop ... how many parents have such a story these days? What a memory!

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