Fireman delivers baby girl then adopts her

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A South Carolina firefighter who helped deliver a baby has revealed how he came to adopt her.

In 2011, Marc Hadden responded to an emergency call which turned out to be from a woman going into labour. He soon realised that she would not be able to get to the hospital in time to give birth so, with no doctors present, he helped deliver the child on the scene.

After the baby girl was born, Marc called his wife Beth to tell her all about it. Speaking to a local news station, Beth said her husband was “ecstatic” when he called her. After all, “who in the world gets to deliver a baby in their lifetime that’s not a doctor?”

The biological mother immediately placed the girl up for adoption. When Marc and Beth heard about this they both decided that they wanted to give the child a home. The couple already had two sons but due to medical complications they “knew that it wasn’t possible to have any more babies” even though they wanted to have more children.

Seeing this unusual set of events as their opportunity to provide a loving home for another child, the Haddens signed the necessary paperwork and officially welcomed the girl into their family. Just 48 hours after Marc had received the emergency call, the girl was legally their child.

They named the baby Grace, who is now five years old. Speaking to the media about the whole experience this week, Marc said:

“I never envisioned that I would have a daughter. We are truly blessed, for sure … I don’t even think about her being adopted. She’s ours and we love her.”

Grace’s two brothers “just loved her to pieces” from the moment she was brought home, the father said. The couple has told Grace about the unusual circumstances of her birth and adoption because they “didn’t want her to find out when she was older” and now she knows the story “by heart”.

Photo by Lane Pearman via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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Andrew - February 2, 2017 at 5:17pm

What a touching tale.
I knew a taxi-driver, now deceased, who had to double as a midwife, but he did not adopt the baby!

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