Baby Born in Wal-Mart Toilet

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    Sydney Hope Stevens is sleeping at Scripps Chula Vista, resting after her surprise arrival Sunday night at the Wal-Mart on Broadway in Chula Vista.

    Chula Vista, Calif. -- Stunned shoppers learned Sunday night that a customer at Wal-Mart had given birth to a baby in the retailer's rest room.

    No one was as surprised as Charity Toussaint-Stevens. "I kept saying, this is crazy," said the new mother Monday from her hospital bed at Scripps Mercy Chula Vista. "I can't believe this is happening right now."

    Mom Delivers Baby in Wal-Mart

    [DGO] Mom Delivers Baby in Wal-Mart
    Charity Toussaint-Stevens describes what happened after she gave birth in a Chula Vista Wal-Mart and who came to her aide. (Published Monday, Dec 22, 2008)

    Toussaint-Stevens said she was Christmas shopping at the Wal-Mart on Broadway in Chula Vista Sunday night when she needed to use the restroom. This being her fifth pregnancy, Toussaint-Stevens had been feeling contractions throughout the day but believed they were false contractions. While she was in the bathroom, Toussaint-Stevens felt the urge to push. She said within minutes, the baby was born -- just before 7 p.m.

    The baby girl weighed 9 pounds and has the name Sydney Hope Toussaint-Stevens. Charity's sister-in-law Teresa Pradd said the new mom is doing fine and "just a little embarrassed" about giving birth in the bathroom. The new grandmother said Sydney is "so cute."

    Pradd said not only did Toussaint-Stevens give birth by herself and but managed to keep the baby's head up during the birth. Today, the new mother wanted to thank a man who identified himself as a medical student and helped her tie off the umbilical cord immediately after the baby was born.

    A Wal-Mart spokesperson confirmed the birth and said the company has sent the proud mom flowers and a fruit basket. The store manager plans to visit mom and baby on Tuesday.