We’ve all heard stories of women who, unable to make it to the hospital, give birth in unexpected locations, but the story of Gracelyn Griffin—born in a Chick-fil-A bathroom—is a first.
When Falon Griffin went into labor Tuesday night, she and husband, Robert Griffin, stopped at a Chick-fil-A in San Antonio, Texas, to meet a family friend who would watch their kids while they were in the hospital.
Around 10 p.m., despite the restaurant being closed, employees let Falon inside to go the restroom, which soon became her birthing room. Brenda Enriquez, Chick-fil-A store director, reflected on hearing Falon screaming before Robert entered to take on the role of OB/GYN.
Falon and Gracelyn were both considered high-risk during the pregnancy, so giving birth outside of a hospital was far from ideal. Robert described the dangerous situation, saying “I stopped at her [the baby’s] shoulders because I saw what looked to be a white collar around her neck, and it was the cord that had been wrapped around her neck twice.”
Despite the threatening circumstances, he managed to get the cord off, saving his daughter’s life—all before the EMS arrived.