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Robert Forbis was having a typical afternoon showing a property when his cellphone buzzed.
His pregnant wife, Sarah, said he needed to come home. It was time.
“She didn’t sound like there was any rush,” said Forbis, 33, a Realtor.
Married a decade with five children, the Naples couple knows a thing or two about labor and waiting.
Little did Robert Forbis know an emergency would occur with their sixth child. He soon would have the story of a lifetime. Not to mention a new nickname at John R. Wood Properties, where he works.
“In my office they call me Dr. Forbis now,” he said.
Robert Forbis got home in 15 minutes. His wife, 30, told him to call his sister to come and get the two youngest kids. That was the plan. The three oldest were at Disney World with grandparents. All seemed fine. His wife was walking around the house.
“I got the kids’ car seats in my sister’s car and got the kids loaded up in the back,” he said. “I went inside, and my wife was sitting on the floor in the living room, and she said, ‘You need to call an ambulance. The baby’s coming.’ ”
Forbis thought there was time to drive to the hospital. His wife’s due date was 10 days away, May 26. He tried to persuade her to get into the car. She knew better — no time.
“I dialed 911, and I started to walk out the front door to see if my sister was still in the driveway,” he said. “She was backing out. She could tell by the look on my face something was wrong. I waved her back.”
His wife was screaming in pain. The 911 operator gave him instructions for delivering the baby boy. Forbis held his cellphone between his shoulder and his ear to follow directions.
“The operator kept telling me, ‘Robert, stay calm,’ ” he said.
The baby came. There was a new crisis. The umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. The baby was blue.
“The 911 operator very calmly said, ‘Unwrap the cord and pat him on the back,’ ” Forbis said.
He did. The baby cried and began turning pink. The dispatcher next told him to get a string to tie off the umbilical cord. He started freaking out again.
“I don’t have a string,” Forbis fired back to the 911 dispatcher. By now, his sister was helping him.
“At that point the first sheriff’s deputy arrived, and he was taken aback by the whole scene,” he said.
Paramedics arrived and took over. The umbilical cord was cut. His wife and baby were loaded into the ambulance and taken to NCH North Naples Hospital.
It all happened so fast there was no time to think.
“I was standing dazed and confused,” Forbis said.
He showered and went to the hospital, where his wife and baby boy were fine. They named him Oliver. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces.
Hospital officials would not comment on this delivery, but they said rapid births do happen.
“Some women experience an unusually rapid labor that culminates in a rapid, spontaneous birth,” Cathy Brockman, labor and delivery nurse manager at NCH North Naples, said in a statement.
Women who have had prior deliveries might be predisposed to a faster labor, Brockman said.
“This happens in a small percentage of births,” Brockman said.
Both mom and baby stayed two nights in the hospital. Fortunately, the couple’s two youngest children in his sister’s car did not witness the delivery.
“They had no idea about any of it,” Forbis said.