The nurses at the Hunterdon Medical Center call Tanu Yadav Wonder Woman. Her husband, Santosh Yadav, said the couple’s newborn son is a miracle baby.
Tanu, of Washington Township in Warren County, gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday morning in the backseat of the couple’s car in the parking lot of Riley and Jake’s Restaurant and Pub on Route 31.
While racing to Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, where she planned to give birth, Tanu’s contractions became unbearable and she told her husband to call 9-1-1.
The couple was told to pull over at the nearest possible place, which was the parking of Riley and Jake’s Restaurant and Pub. There, they were met by officers and members of the Clinton Rescue Squad at approximately 6:20 a.m.
Her son, Ryan, was born at 6:37 a.m. Paramedics from Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Township also responded. Ryan weighed in at five pounds, 15 ounces.
“I told my husband we’re not going to make it to the hospital,” said a smiling Tanu Wednesday morning from her bed at Hunterdon Medical Center. “He called 9-1-1 and we were told to pull over at the nearest place. As we were in the parking lot, I had started to undress and then the paramedics ask that I dress so they could place me in the ambulance.
“As I was getting dressed, my water suddenly broke. It was a breech pregnancy. I suddenly felt my baby’s legs coming out. My daughter’s car seat was in the back seat and everyone started to panic a bit in an effort to remove the car seat. The baby’s nose came out and then he got stuck.
“At that time, the paramedics breathe a sigh of relief because they saw the baby could breath. I was told to `push, push, push.’ Paramedics used a suction to try to get the baby. Finally, on my third push, the baby came out.”
The drama began to unfold at approximately 5:45 a.m. It was then that Tanu, who couldn’t sleep, started having contractions, she said. The couple was roughly seven miles into their 45-minute drive to Saint Barnabas Medical Center on a chilly morning when their newborn decided it was time to come into the world.
Tanu said the incident was a blessing in disguise because she didn’t want to have a caesarean section, which is done with many breech babies. It requires surgery and a lengthy recovery.
“God planned something like this,” she said. “My prayers were answered.”
Fortunately, Santosh was home. He had taken off Friday and Monday and had planned to return to his job in New York City Tuesday on morning. He usually leaves their home at 6 a.m.
Three months earlier, Santosh had turned in his leased Honda Accord for a 2016 Nissan Rogue, which had much more room to accommodate their newborn and 3-year-old daughter. He’s thinking of buying the Nissan now.
“These folks are angels,” said Santosh. “We want to personally meet them again and thank them. They showed up within a minute and a half of our 9-1-1 call. They did an amazing job. My wife had no needle, no medication. My son is truly a miracle baby.”