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Woman gives birth by herself

GLYNDON, Minn. -- Roxanne Carr's kids discovered at an early age that babies aren't delivered by storks. Carr gave birth to a healthy 9-pound baby girl Monday afternoon on her living room couch in Glyndon's Prairie View Estates. Her t...

GLYNDON, Minn. -- Roxanne Carr's kids discovered at an early age that babies aren't delivered by storks.

Carr gave birth to a healthy 9-pound baby girl Monday afternoon on her living room couch in Glyndon's Prairie View Estates.

Her two other children, Taylor, 4, and Pierce, 10 months, stood by during the 20-minute delivery. Carr's husband, Doug, was at work in Fargo.

Taylor offers a simple explanation for the miracle:

"My sister was ready to come out of my mommy's tummy," Taylor said.

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Carr wasn't due until Thursday and had been scheduled to go to MeritCare's Family Birthing Center in Fargo Friday morning.

But Madyson Marie had other plans.

Monday was Taylor's fourth birthday and Carr had told Taylor a baby sister would be her birthday present.

"But I didn't mean that literally," she said.

At about 4 p.m. Monday, Carr said she was sitting on the couch relaxing when she realized the baby was coming.

Carr called her mom, Karen Pieper of Detroit Lakes, Minn., who was going to take care of Taylor and Pierce. Then she began gathering things to take to the hospital.

"I thought I had more time," Carr said.

She called for an ambulance and then called her husband at work.

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Carr said she tried not to push, but then realized that Madyson wasn't waiting around. After about 20 minutes, Carr had a crying, 21-inch baby girl. She determined the time of birth at 4:36 p.m.

Five minutes later, the ambulance arrived.

"They didn't really know what to do," Carr said.

Carr and Madyson were taken to MeritCare and released Wednesday afternoon. Both are healthy, Carr said.

A nurse at the birthing center said giving birth at home is unusual, but it's happened before. Delivery goes more quickly as a mother has more children, she said.

Carr gave birth to Taylor in three hours and Pierce in 45 minutes, she said. Both were natural childbirths.

Husband Doug Carr felt guilty that he wasn't there during the birth, she said.

"He's still amazed that I did it all by myself," she said.

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But the Carrs' challenge doesn't end with childbirth. They now have to manage three kids, including two who are less than 1 year old.

Having two kids so close in age wasn't something they had planned, Carr said.

"I just figure she's a surprise all around."

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 235-7311

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