Kim Haines was 8 ½ months pregnant with her third child and, after two months of doctor-ordered bed rest, thought she was more than ready to welcome her new baby into the world.
She had hoped Easter Sunday would be the special day. But that evening, after giving her 5 ½ year-old daughter and 2 ½-year-old son their baths, and reading them bedtime stories, it seemed just like any other night, or so Kim thought.
The first contractions came at 1:28 a.m. But Kim didn’t take it too seriously since she’d had several false contractions throughout the pregnancy. “I decided to take a warm bath, since a bath is known to stop contractions,” she says. But once in the tub, Kim knew this was the real thing.
“My contractions were about eight minutes apart, so I called the doctor and my friend who was coming to stay with the kids,” Kim says. “My husband and I left for the hospital at about 2:30 a.m. We knew the drive would take just over an hour and I figured we had plenty of time. Boy, was I wrong!”
Kim says that within 25 minutes she knew she was in trouble. “I knew we’d never make it to the hospital in time,” she says. They were on the freeway in the middle of nowhere when she told her husband she needed an ambulance.
“He immediately pushed the OnStar button,” she says. “I felt good knowing my husband could keep both hands on the wheel while he talked to the OnStar Advisor, and that OnStar could find our location.”
The OnStar Advisor instructed them to pull off at the next exit and wait for the ambulance. Here’s where it gets interesting …
“The thought of just sitting and waiting when I was in so much pain just didn’t seem realistic to me, so I told my husband to keep going, figuring the closer we could get to the hospital the better,” says Kim. “We passed the first exit and the OnStar Advisor again instructed us to pull over at the next exit — which was probably 5 or 6 miles away. When I repeated to my husband to just keep going, the OnStar Advisor, in a calm but very firm voice, said that if we wanted an ambulance we had to pull over so it could get to us. Luckily, this time my husband took the OnStar Advisor’s sage advice, pulled off at the next exit and put on our flashers, as instructed. And it’s a good thing he did. The ambulance was there almost immediately and, six minutes later, at 3:39 a.m., so was our Ava Rose.”
But Kim and Ava Rose weren’t out of the woods yet. The cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck. “She was lying on my stomach and turning purple,” says Kim. “I remember rubbing her back, telling her ‘Breathe, baby, breathe.’ There were a few whimpers but no full-fledged cries that all moms wait to hear.”
The medic and Kim’s husband, who is a firefighter and a paramedic, immediately began working on the baby and she started breathing, but still with some difficulty. One ambulance took Kim to the hospital and another took Ava Rose. Once the baby’s breathing stabilized, Kim was reunited with Ava Rose. Kim says when the doctor saw her, he said, “She’s an OnStar baby.”
“Looking back on her birth, I continue to be amazed at how nothing went according to plan, yet we still have a beautiful girl in our lives,” says Kim. “So many people helped in her delivery, and she’s just perfect.”
Kim and her husband have had OnStar on their Chevy Traverse for about 2 ½ years. Until Ava Rose’s big day, they had only used it for directions. But, after seeing how it works in an emergency, Kim says, “We’ll never be without it again.”