Stephanie Schenker, 30, of Trumbull, knew her second baby would arrive a little bit ahead of schedule. But she didn’t expect that her bundle of joy would be so impatient to see its new home.
Schenker gave birth to her second daughter, Lena, on Wednesday in the bathroom of her Bailey Street home, with the assistance of her mom, nurse practitioner Susan Fichera. No one in the family was planning for an at home birth, but when Schenker woke from a nap Wednesday afternoon, she began having contractions. Though the baby wasn’t due until Sunday, Schenker’s first daughter, Amber, was early, so she figured the baby was on her way.
When the contractions became closer together, Schenker called her husband, Jason, and told him to head home. “He works only 10 minutes away, but by the time he got home, I was telling him it was time to leave,” Stephanie Schenker remembers.
But they didn’t make it out the door. Before they left, Stephanie’s water broke and she headed to the bathroom. Her mother, who was visiting from New Hampshire, quickly rushed to her side. “My mom basically delivered my baby on the bathroom floor,” she said.
Indeed, by the time police and paramedics arrived, the delivery was in full swing. Eventually, the family was taken to Bridgeport Hospital. Mother and baby are doing fine and are expected to return home this afternoon.