Beth Jones now has a better appreciation for those who lived centuries before her.
On the morning of Oct. 29, Jones had scheduled an appointment with her doctor.
"We left the doctor's at about 11 a.m. and walked down to the CVS," said Fred Levy, father. "We finally got home about noon, and (Jones) started having slight contractions. We decided to lay down and take a nap at that point."
Beth Jones and Fred Levy are pictured with their daughter, Khloe.
P-J photo by Remington Whitcomb
Jones had been scheduled to come back to the hospital later that night to induce labor. However, at about 12:30 p.m., Jones woke up from her nap and started having larger and larger contractions.
"She woke up and ran into the shower," said Levy.
"While I was in the shower, my contractions started occurring in 30-second intervals," said Jones. "I went back in the bedroom and laid down on the bed. (Levy) immediately called for an ambulance, but I told him that the ambulance wasn't going to make it in time."
At that point, Levy prepared himself to deliver his daughter right there in the house. Though Levy had never even come close to delivering a baby before, he attended school to become a medical assistant, which he said helped him stay calm and focused during the delivery.
"They tell you to wait for your contractions to be two to three minutes apart for a few hours, but that never happened," said Jones. "My contractions went from around 10 minutes apart right to 30 seconds apart, and then (the baby) was here. There simply was no time to get to the hospital."
Shortly after Levy delivered the baby, paramedics arrived and transported Jones and her child to the hospital where both her and her child were deemed to be healthy and in good condition.
"(Levy) was so calm during the whole thing - he really helped me through the process," said Jones. "He told me to lay down and stay calm, he wrapped her in a towel and kept a level head through the whole thing."
"The whole thing really felt like a dream until it was finally over," said Levy. "You see this sort of thing on the television all the time, but you never stop to think that it could happen to you."
Despite being in an excruciating amount of pain during the delivery, Jones had no complications during the process. She said that it felt like it was over just about as soon as it began.
"I have two other kids, and they were a breeze," said Jones. "I've never felt contractions like that ever before. However, after it was over, everything was fine. I was sore, but everything else was absolutely normal. I feel so lucky."
Jones and Levy have named their daughter Khloe Niccole Levy, and she is just over a week old and in perfect health. Though the couple admits that giving birth outside of the hospital was extraordinarily stressful, they believe that the ordeal has brought them closer together and has given them a memory to share that they will never forget.
"The whole experience is hard to explain because it happened so quickly," said Levy. "It was over in about 10 minutes."
"It's funny, because we had talked before about how nice it would be if he could help to deliver Khloe in the hospital," said Jones, "but we never would have imagined that he'd be the only one delivering her. There's no doctor on the birth certificate now, it's just (Levy) listed as the attending physician. I think that's a really special thing."
And out of all the chaos that encompassed the birth of their daughter, Jones and Levy are currently enjoying the addition of their newly born daughter in their lives.
"We don't get much sleep anymore, and I suppose that's normal," said Jones. "However, we couldn't be happier. Out of it all, Khloe is in perfect health and perfect condition, and that is always the most important thing."