Woman Forced to Give Birth to Daughter in Michigan Stadium Parking Lot

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJuly 31, 2013

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: A wide view of the Michigan Stadium 'Big House' before the Big Ten college game between the University of Michigan Wolverines and the University of Massachusetts Minutemen on September 15, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
Dave Reginek/Getty Images

If there is one thing we know about adorable little Naomi Wozniak, it's that she works on her own schedule, because the newborn baby opted for a birth right outside Michigan Stadium. 

AnnArbor.com's Amy Biolchini reports on two parents who, because of chance and apparent traffic, were forced to give birth to their first child in the middle of a parking lot. 

Dominika and Dave Wozniak are Ann Arbor residents who initially met one another when they attended the University of Oregon. Yes, Wolverine fans, they root for the Ducks. 

According to the report, Dominika is a tennis player who coaches at the University's Tennis Center, while Dave is a business professor at Eastern Michigan University. 

None of that mattered around noon on July 20 when Dominika's water broke. The two immediately left for the hospital but ran into a problem. 

Back at their home on the southwest side of Ann Arbor near the University of Michigan Golf Course, Dominika’s water broke about 12:10 p.m. and she knew it was time.

Stuck at a red light at the intersection of Stadium and Main, the couple realized street closures and tourist traffic stood between them and the C.S. Mott Hospital Children’s Hospital.

That is around the moment when the two parents resigned themselves to the fact that it was best to park the car and phone for help. 

Only, Naomi—reportedly three to four days late already—was not going to wait a second longer. 

With the Big House on the side and Dominika in the backseat, Naomi entered the world, albeit under rather incredible circumstances. 

With emergency services headed their way, the now proud dad saw his baby's head. It was a surreal moment for a man who never trained for such a thing. 

Still, he did just fine in the end. 

The baby wasn't breathing, so Dave encouraged his wife to push through until the end. Finally, Naomi was born, and the welcome noise of her crying filled the car. 

While Dave was understandably shaken, it sounds like mom was as cool and collected as one can be under such an extreme moment. 

“She started crying right away,” Dominika said. “I wrapped her in a towel and I wiped her mouth and her nose … We looked at each other and I said, ‘I think she’s OK!’”

For Dominika, the stress of giving birth in a parking lot was eclipsed by her natural instincts.

“We just went with the flow,” Dominika said. “It was stressful for (Dave) … but you are in such a special moment that you’re not really thinking a lot.”

Dave, for his part, reiterates that he was absolutely dumbfounded when it all started. "I had no clue what I was doing. People say I did a good job, and I just caught it. Just the speed of everything was crazy."

Parents undoubtedly prepare for the birth of their child, trying hard to think of every last contingency. 

Sometimes life has other plans, forcing you to rely on instincts and bring your first child into the world while in the backseat of the car amid the shadow of The Big House. 

While Ducks at heart, something tells me the Wozniaks will always have fond memories of Michigan Stadium. Well, at least the parking lot right off Main Street. 


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