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‘Oh my God, I’m having my baby.’ Woman gives birth inside store


A woman in Fresno may not have expected to give birth in a southeast Fresno store, but that’s exactly what happened Tuesday night.

Issamar Sepulveda, who co-owns El Parian with husband Juan Damian, said it was about 7:30 p.m. when a regular customer walked through the doors of the grocery and meat market.

The woman appeared fine at first. The owners regularly let her grab free items because she can’t always pay, Sepulveda said. So Tuesday night, the woman went over to the soda machine and began to pour ice and a drink. But a few seconds later she walked over to the restaurant area and bent over a table. Then she threw the soda in one direction and screamed “Oh my God, I’m having my baby,” Sepulveda said.

Sepulveda was in her office, but the cashier heard the scream and alerted her. By the time Sepulveda came out, the woman was going into labor.

Sepulveda sprung into action, summoning the cook, butcher and cashier to help deliver the baby.

The butcher took off his apron and used it to catch the baby.

The baby boy “looked good,” according to Sepulveda. He cried and was a bit chubby and heavy, she added. Later, she visited mother and child in the hospital and reported the boy’s name is Toby and he’s doing well.

“It’s a blessing. I just want the best for the baby,” Sepulveda said. “Hopefully this touches hearts so she can get help.”