Columbia Father Delivers Surprise Election Day Baby

'It was simultaneously awesome, scary and nerve-racking at the same time,' said the Columbia father who delivered his daughter early Tuesday morning.


At 3 a.m. on Election Day, when most big questions in America were still undecided, a Columbia family confronted what may have been the biggest surprise of all—their daughter.

Around 2:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Joseph Duperre was awoken by his wife Brittany, who told him she was going into labor and needed to go to the hospital.

"I was incredibly surprised, there were no signs she was going into heavy labor," said Joseph.

He grabbed the bag the couple had packed, put it in the car, but when he came back, Brittany told him she didn't think she was going to make it to the hospital.

So he called 911.

The dispatcher instructed him to tell her how to sit, and soon the baby began to emerge.

"I'm freaking out and also have an adrenaline rush," said Joseph, recalling how he felt as he watched the baby's head emerge, soon followed by her shoulders.

"I didn't have to do a whole lot, and the baby came out," said Joseph.

Soon after Brittany went into labor, Joseph guided his new daughter into the world. He said he handed the baby girl to his wife and tied a shoelace around the umbilical cord.

Then, three minutes after they made the 911 call, Howard County paramedics arrived at the home to assist. They cut the umbilical cord and brought the couple to the hospital.

At 7 pounds, one ounce, baby Adrienne was born in her own home. The next day, both the baby and Brittany were healthy and doing well, said Joseph. At noon on Wednesday they were leaving the hospital and heading back home.

"It was simultaneously awesome, scary and nerve-racking at the same time," said Joseph about delivering his daughter.

Adrienne is the Duperre's second child, they also have an 18-month old son.

"I'm just so glad everyone was healthy," said Joseph. "Obviously it's not an ideal situation having the father help out with the delivery, but I was glad the firemen showed up and knew exactly what to do."

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MG42 November 07, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Congrats! Another person to help pay the national debt everyone voted for yesterday!
Anne Gonnella November 12, 2012 at 09:55 PM
What a fantastic story! I love that the mom knew there was not enough time to go to the hospital, and that everyone was happy. (Note to the journalist - it would be nice to give credit where credit is due. Dad was a fantastic birth assistant! But it is always the mom that delivers the baby.)
Joe Duperre November 13, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Thanks for the comments everyone! This was such am inedible experience for our family. Anne, you are absolutely correct, Brittany did everything, I merely caught Adrienne when she popped out. Very soon after I was able to hand the situation off to the paramedics, who took over from there. Just a an update, both mommy and baby are doing great, we stayed at the hospital for just over 24 hours and add now home enjoying our new family member. I must also add a special thanks to the Light family who helped us out on short notice with watching our son while we went to the hospital.
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Leland L. Cogdell, Jr. November 14, 2012 at 04:03 PM
You're welcome! All the best with Adrienne!


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