Trevor Gooby’s real job consists of being the director of Florida operations for the Pirates. But last night at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida his job suddenly consisted of being an obstetrician. Not because he wanted it to be that way, but because he had no other choice.
Tuesday night the Pittsburgh Pirates were hosting an event for season ticket holders, neighborhood fans and invited guests. There was no game, but the sound system was being tested, concessionaires were working out the kinks, the mascots were trying out their newest moves.
And then a worker spotted a pregnant woman in some pain.
Gooby stepped in to make sure everything was all right when Latisha Kirk told him she thought she might be having contractions. Gooby immediately put her in a wheelchair and called 9-1-1.
As Gooby wheeled Kirk to the front gate where they were set to meet emergency responders, she told him that the baby was coming.
Gooby reassured her that there was plenty of time and that the ambulance would meet them in just a few minutes.
But Kirk insisted. They had reached the front gate and Kirk looked at Gooby. “The baby is definitely coming.”
He sent a couple of staff members to get towels and gloves just in case.
“And then I looked,” Gooby said. “I could see the baby’s head.”
Gooby, 35, has two children and was in the delivery room when his wife gave birth, but that was the extent of his training as far as labor and delivery. But it seems Kirk didn’t have time to be too concerned about Gooby’s delivery skills.
“She pushed one time and the baby was out,” Gooby said. “We wrapped the baby up in towels. He was crying and EMS arrived a couple of minutes later and cut the umbilical cord.”
Well done, Mr. Gooby. Well done.