MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Maple Grove couple just couldn’t wait to meet their new bundle of joy — in fact, they didn’t get make it through the front door of the hospital.

Elissa Simonson said she started having contractions around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, about seven minutes apart, and decided she and her husband Josh should head to the hospital.

They were nearly there, walking up to the door, when Elissa grabbed her husband’s arm, and said it was time — she had to start pushing because the baby wasn’t going to wait any longer.

Her husband Josh ran inside the hospital to find someone to help while Elissa found a spot behind a bench to lay down. When Josh came back — minutes later — Elissa had already delivered the baby by herself.

Staff from the Maple Grove Hospital came out to assist and found both mom and baby, happy and healthy.

McKenna Rose was born at 5 pounds, 9 ounces.

This is the couple’s third child. They said their last baby was also born small and the delivery for that birth went very fast, as well. Still, they said they were surprised this time they weren’t even able to make it in the door.

Comments (9)
  1. Chris M. says:

    Congratulations! Having the baby outside the hospital should save you a whole bunch of money on your bill!!!

    1. Lilohme says:

      Now come on Chris M, you know that hospital is gong to figure out a way to make them pay just as if they delivered that baby inside and the doctors did all the work. You know the back side of the bench could be a “delivery” room and could be charged for it since it IS on hospital property. Congrats to mom for doing a great job!!

  2. JGE says:

    Congratulations! I’m glad everyone is doing well!

  3. Jo says:

    Was that necessary? Go back to yelling at kids on your lawn.

    1. Emie says:

      I think they pulled the comment you commented on.

  4. Emie says:

    McKenna Rose is a beautiful name. Congratulations!

  5. konjokris says:

    How exciting!!!
    Best wishes to McKenna and all of her family.

  6. Julie says:

    Lovely name!
    Glad Mom and Baby are doing good 😀

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