Knoxville parents unexpectedly give birth to baby at home

Knoxville parents unexpectedly give birth to baby at home

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Morgan and Jamie Honeycutt had been preparing for months for their first baby to enter the world. The bags were packed and everything was ready to go. Morgan and Jamie Honeycutt had been preparing for months for their first baby to enter the world. The bags were packed and everything was ready to go.
Little Kobe Morgan had other plans. Little Kobe Morgan had other plans.
Kobe was born at home before his parents could get to the hospital. Kobe was born at home before his parents could get to the hospital.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Two local parents got the surprise of their lives Thursday when their first baby came a little early. It was so early they never even made it to the hospital.

Morgan and Jamie Honeycutt had been preparing for months for their first baby to enter the world. The bags were packed and everything was ready to go.

"She had a plan, a birth plan," said the baby's father, Morgan Honeycutt. "She had written down that in between contractions at home, she was going to bake brownies for the nursing staff." 

Little Kobe Morgan had other plans that didn't involve a nursing staff at all.

Jamie woke up at 2:00 Thursday morning feeling some pain and decided to take a shower.

"Near the end of the shower, she started feeling some contraction-type pains and thought, 'I think this is maybe it. I think maybe he's coming,'" said Morgan.

Within minutes, the contractions were coming quicker, and it was clear Kobe was coming much sooner than expected.

"I'll call it a healthy level of panic," said Morgan. "We're both still in control, but we were aware of the situation. I was downstairs when I heard her yell pretty good for me, and I came running up and she said, 'I think he's coming right now.'"

Morgan immediately got help on the phone and started walking Jamie through the birthing process. Jamie was barely laying down on their bed when Morgan first saw the baby's head.

"Thirty to 40 seconds later, it felt like she pushed again, and that shoulder started to come out. And once that shoulder was out, he just came the rest of the way out right into my arms," said Morgan.

Minutes later, the ambulance arrived and all three were on their way to the hospital, all three healthy. Jamie says she couldn't be more thankful especially for her husband.

"He's awesome," said the baby's mother, Jamie Honeycutt. "I married the best man I could."

In these situations, they like to keep the mother and baby in the hospital a little bit longer for observation, but doctors say both are doing just fine.

Kobe Morgan weighed in at 8 pounds 4 ounces and 19 inches long. 

The new parents say they aren't letting this scare them from having a second child, but they do hope their next baby will be a little more patient.

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