"I knew he was coming. I didn't think it would be that fast," said Brittany Holmes

By Caitlin Keating
April 07, 2019 02:10 PM

A Florida mother who was nine months pregnant — and just a few days shy of her due date — went to the hospital on March 30 thinking she might be going into labor. But when she arrived, doctors told her it was a false alarm and that she could go home.

When Brittany Holmes was back in her car, she quickly realized she left the hospital too soon.

“You read about people having their babies but, you never think that you’re going to be the one, to not make it to the hospital,” Holmes told My Panhandle.

Holmes called 911, and with only a few minutes before the baby arrived, they met with first responders at an Exxon gas station in Freeport.

“I knew he was coming. I didn’t think it would be that fast,” Holmes told the news outlet after the first responders successfully delivered her son, whom she named Hagan.


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“March 30th 2019, 2:42 A.M., the delivery of the baby. I’ll always remember it,” Austin Pugh, Walton County Fire Rescue, District Chief, told the news outlet. “The mother was actively delivering when we arrived on scene.”

For Chief Pugh, “it came full cycle” because the baby was named Hagan — which is also the fire boss’ father’s nickname.

Holmes already has three girls and always wanted a boy, she told My Panhandle, and “that’s why he had to come out with a bang.”

The new mom added: “Just thank you for the paramedics and the chief and my mom.”