Kasey Lynette Smith planned to deliver her daughter via cesarean section in a hospital and to name her Makenzie. But all of that changed after she got stuck in traffic and gave birth on the floor of a firehouse in Dumfries, Virginia.
It began when Smith went into labor the day before her due date. She said she wasn't concerned because her contractions weren't close and thought she could wait.
There was no waiting. Kasey's mother Jena Smith, a medical assistant, got her family into her car and made their way to the hospital.
"I've never seen my mom speed a day in her life," Kasey Smith said. "She was just flying down 610 and then we look over and 95 is just flowing and we're like 'OK great.'"
But, the family hit traffic and Smith's water broke.
"So she really starts to panic and I'm like 'It's OK' and, you know, 'I'm gonna get off as soon as I can,'" Jena Smith said.
She turned the car onto Route 1 and they decided they didn't have time to go to the hospital or wait for an ambulance. When they called 911, dispatchers advised them to go to the nearest firehouse.
Huddled in a corner of a Dumfries firehouse floor right next to a firetruck, Smith gave birth to her daughter.
“I finally hear her cry and I took like the biggest sigh of relief and I think my body just collapsed on the ground,” Smith said.
Smith said that during her delivery, firefighters even held up sheets to give her privacy from the passing traffic. Afterward, they sent gifts to the hospital.
“She gave us the opportunity to do something that we probably will never do again. We may you go out to someone’s house to deliver a baby, but not on the fire station's floor again,” firefighter Jasyn Hopkins said.
Kasey decided to name her baby girl Journee because of the experience.
“Forget Makenzie, Journee is your name and this is going to be the biggest story to tell you for the rest of your life,” Smith said.