GASTONIA, N.C. -- Katherine Dennis, 23, is resting comfortably in a hospital room in Gaston Memorial Hospital after she delivered 7-pound, 21-and-a-half-inch-long Landen Scott Dennis on the floor of the living room of her step mother's house.
"I'm a very strong believer in things happen for a reason," said Dennis, "And for some reason that was supposed to happen. I was supposed to deliver him on my step mother's living room floor."
It happened Monday. Dennis, who is a nurse, said she started experiencing labor pains Sunday after a family outing. She said she even went to CMC Pineville where her OB/GYN was. But doctors told her she wasn't ready to deliver.
"He did not want to come yet." said Dennis, "But then, at about 12:30, they got so unbearable I couldn't sleep, I couldn't stand, I couldn’t walk-- I couldn't do anything."
Since her husband Travis was working, Dennis went to her step-mother's house. That's where her labor pains intensified. Her step-mother, Sherri Kiser, who is a retired nurse and also worked as a paramedic, tried to ease her pain; at one point she ran a warm bath for Katie.
"We think that's when my water broke... they (contractions) were coming every two minutes."
But then the contractions became more frequent and there wasn't time to get Katie to the hospital. Sherri said she called 911 as Katie called Travis.
"I told him (Travis) to come now," Katie said, "It took him about 10 minutes to get here; he is only 15 minutes away," said a laughing Dennis.
Just as firefighters from Station #3 arrived, the baby, who had already crowned, was coming.
"The delivery itself happened in a couple of minutes,” said Dennis, "It took me a couple of pushes after the firefighters got here and he was here."
Landen Scott Dennis is healthy and happy getting lots of rest after his early arrival.