Denver middle school teacher Lindsay Agbalokwu wasn’t due to give birth until September 17.
However, as the English teacher soon realized in the middle of her workday, her tiny bundle of joy was ready to enter the world two weeks early. As Agbalokwu told ABC 7, she went to school on Tuesday, September 3, despite feeling some weird sensations early that morning.
The teacher said she went about her day as usual, even presenting an award at a school assembly that morning. But it was shortly after that, that the soon-to-be mom knew she needed to get to the hospital.
Nonetheless, as the teacher made her way outside the school, Agbalokwu quickly realized that she was too late. She wasn’t going to make it to the hospital to give birth to her daughter:
“Then all of a sudden, there was just so much pressure and pain, I was like, ‘I think she’s coming now! I think we need to just call 911.'”
By her side was a fellow teacher, the dean of her school, the principal. In an effort to make Agbalokwu as comfortable as possible, they rushed to put a sleeping bag on the ground for her to lay on and aided in her delivery until first responders arrived.
She explained the scene shortly before she met her second child:
“Okay, I guess this is happening. And so the dean’s on one side, principal’s on the other side, ‘Ris is kind of behind me, she’s a seventh-grade teacher.”
Once firefighters arrived and took over, Agbalokwu safely gave birth to a healthy baby girl she named, Zara. Zara weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces.
The teacher called her entire birth experience “so crazy”:
“I just like randomly think about it and text my mom again, ‘I just gave birth on the sidewalk, like outside my school!’ This is so crazy! Like what just happened.”
The mom admitted that she thinks her daughter’s delivery will be “indicative” of Zara’s personality, and what’s to come as her little one gets older:
“She’ll be a firecracker. She’s going to do great things.”