ORLANDO, Florida (WESH) – It was a wholesale delivery in the parking lot of the Winter Park Costco on Wednesday morning.
Chantill Ortiz was going into labor.
Her husband was driving her to the hospital, but the baby did not want to wait any longer.
“It was like, something’s coming. I feel something, and then he was like, ‘Are you serious? Do I need to pull over?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah,'” said Ortiz.
“I just pulled over, hopped out of the truck and opened the door. I saw the tip of her head come out,” said the father, Rick Davis.
Davis said he just grabbed the baby and helped the delivery.
“I made sure her mouth was clear, started rubbing her, and she started crying,” he said. “I’m talking to 911 trying to ask them what to do and telling them where we’re at.”
We asked Davis if he had any special instruments to help deliver his baby girl. That’s when he pointed to his shoe.
“I had to use my shoestring to tie up the umbilical cord. It was pretty crazy,” he said.
It was a wild way for Celeste to enter the world, giving her parents a glimpse of what the future might hold.
“Maybe she’s going to be feisty, stubborn, make it her way,” said Ortiz.
Celeste was born around 4 a.m., weighing 8 pounds.
Davis said he was paying attention, watching the doctors when his two boys were born, so he had a general idea of what to do.