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Couple Reflects on Having "Miracle" Baby


VIROQUA, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Lisa McGrath hadn't had a baby in nine years, and Thad Alexander was about to be a first time father.

So the former spent hours upon hours planning every detail of her pregnancy.

"Everything had to be just so," McGrath said. "We had our birth plan figured out. I wanted the birth ball, the hot bath, the pain killers, etc."

"She even emailed me songs she wanted to have playing," Alexander added.

"But in the end, I didn't get any of that," McGrath said.

Lisa had her newborn baby, Baren, in her living room.

Several days later, they shared how events unfolded.

"I went to the hospital and they didn't think I was anywhere near ready," she said. "They told me to go home, take some Tylenol and try to go to sleep."

But baby Baren came about two minutes after Lisa and Thad returned home at the hospital's advice. "I'm like, 'He's coming right now. You've got to catch him,' and Thad is saying, ‘no, don't do that,'" Lisa recalled.

At that moment, Thad thought, "I could tell when she said catch him, in her tone of voice, it was time to listen and stop thinking about a hospital because he's coming."

"For as shocking as it was, cause no one believed he was coming," said Lisa. My mom called 911, Thad got down there and caught him, my son got towels."

For Thad, It was amazing. I caught him and his eyes were open and he cried twice. And he just looked at me. It was like a connection with him. It was like, that moment I knew I'd give my life up for him."

Paramedics arrived shortly after the birth, but Lisa and Thad say those first few minutes as a family brought everyone closer together.


"His dad got to be the first one to hold him and touch him and his brothers and sisters got to meet him and there wasn't any equipment or doctors around," said Lisa.

At the hospital…Baren checked out a healthy 5 pounds 14 ounces…and now he's back home…

"Its my first child, my first time around a new born. So, after catching him, not a big deal to grab him and burp him," shared Todd.

For Lisa, "I don't know what it would be like without him now. I couldn't imagine life with a baby in the house and starting all over, but I can't imagine not having him here now."


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