Fort Drum Soldier Delivers Daughter In Living Room


"I felt a pop. It was so weird and I was like, "Call 911. We're not going to make it,'" said Amanda McCoy.

For Amanda and her husband, Private First Class Shawn McCoy, the plan was to deliver their third child at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown later this month.

Things didn't go as planned.

It wouldn't be doctors at the hospital, it would be Shawn delivering his daughter with the help of 911 operators.

Despite being a trained soldier, Shawn wasn't ready for this.

"They really don't train you on how to deliver a baby," said Shawn.

Adding to the pressure, baby Tyler's umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck. 

"I unwrapped the cord, got her to breathe and then she quit again and then collapsed. And then I got her to breathe back and then she was perfectly fine from there. A hundred percent healthy," said Shawn.

Help did come for the McCoys.

A police officer arrived...just a bit late.

"By the time he had gotten down there, beside me, the baby was already out and he helped me get her wrapped up and everything," said Shawn.

The bright side to delivering Tyler?

After missing the birth of his son, Shawn was there for Tyler's - in a big way.

"I guess he made up for missing Cason's (birth)," said Amanda.

"I made that up. Yes I did," said Shawn.

With a happy and healthy Tyler, Shawn and Amanda say they're happy with their family of three.

But, Doctor Dad is ready if the plan changes again.

Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

On Demand

This content requires the latest Adobe Flash Player and a browser with JavaScript enabled. Click here for a free download of the latest Adobe Flash Player.