Mother Gives Birth in Checkout Line at Utah Wal-Mart, Insists on Paying for Merchandise

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A mother gave birth while shopping with her family at a Wal-Mart in Utah over the weekend -- and she insisted on paying for her merchandise as she went into labor.

“In about 15 minutes we went from having a little bit of stomach problem to delivering a baby,” store manager Dustin Haight told KTLA sister station KTSU in Salt Lake City.

Employees at the Wal-Mart say register 11 will never be the same.

“I think we’ve renamed it register baby -- so whenever we call for help on register 11 it will be now register baby,” Haight said.

Employees say a woman was shopping with her husband and family at the store in Payson, south of Provo, on Sunday morning when she told a manager she wasn't feeling well. She went to register 11 to pay for her items while that manager called 911 and told the woman not to worry about paying.

Employees could tell she was in labor.

“The funny thing is that the customer was down on her knees and she insisted on paying for her merchandise,” Haight said. "We’re like, 'You know, that’s just not important.' You know, we were going to take care of her on it."

"Literally right after she paid for her merchandise, they rolled her over and she began to give birth,” Haight said.

Wal-Mart employees and customers helped. They grabbed towels and blankets. Some also held up sheets as the woman delivered a baby boy.

“By the time the EMTs got here, she had paid for her merchandise and had a baby,” Haight said.

One of the responding EMTs said he’s never seen anything like it.

After 20 years of working in the field, Terry Reilly, assistant chief with Payson Fire Rescue, has never seen a baby born in such a public place, he said.

“She was very calm she did very well. It was her third child so she had experienced childbirth before, so I don’t think she was as nervous about it other than it was at Wal-Mart,” Reilly said.

He added everyone at the store did a good job.

Mom and baby were taken to the hospital in good condition.

“We’re happy for mom and for baby and the whole family. … I’m sure they’ll have quite the story to tell someday,” Reilly said.

Wal-Mart has been in contact with the mother.

“We’re gonna buy her a whole bunch of goods like diapers and formula,” Haight said. "This time we won’t make her pay."

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