A Missouri woman delivered her baby in the toilet paper aisle of Walmart as Americans have been rushing to panic buy it in bulk.
The woman was shopping at the Walmart in Springfield, Missouri, when she went into labor.
Store manager Jessica Hinkle told Fox 8 that the woman warned store associates that her last child came in just 30 minutes. She used sheets to create privacy in the aisle and a labor nurse happened to be in the store and available to help.
“We were like, what do we do now?” Hinkle said. “Another lady comes around the corner and she says ‘I’m a labor nurse. Can I help?’ and we said, ‘Yes, yes please.’ She had gloves in her pocket, [and] she was ready.”
“Crowd control, [I’m] not like the best with blood so that was my job, holding the sheet and crowd control, making sure that nobody invaded what privacy the poor lady still had,” Hinkle said.
Firefighters also rushed to the store and helped deliver the baby, who was born within about 45 minutes of the shopper’s water breaking.
“They’re the typical fire department that shops in our store, so they were pretty proud of themselves,” Hinkle said.
Other shoppers gave the woman a big round of applause as she was transported from the toilet paper aisle.
“They took her out on the gurney, there were customers, of course, gathered [and] she kind of raised her hand. Everyone clapped for her,” Hinkle said.
The unexpected birth was a nice moment for everyone present, according to Hinkle, and both mom and baby are reportedly happy and healthy.
“You know a feel-good moment, everybody’s going through so much, and with a baby, it’s like everything comes full circle,” she said.