Woman stops for chocolate milk, unexpectedly gives birth at Hermitage convenience store

Posted at 12:08 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 19:52:42-04

HERMITAGE, Tenn. (WTVF) — One Mid-State woman's regular stop for chocolate milk at her nearby convenience store turned into a day she'll never forget when she suddenly went into labor.

Shelley Stabbs unexpectedly gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Monday while shopping at a MAPCO in Hermitage.

Hunter Burton was born at 11:20 a.m. weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces.

Stabbs said before the delivery she had gotten off working the third-shift at Waffle House across from the store.

"I was feeling contractions, like something pushing all night but it wasn't that bad. I was still working you know. I went home, took a cold shower. I even went to Walgreens then the MAPCO. As soon as I grabbed that chocolate milk paused like I was in so much pain. I was still trying to get back to my car and get my husband and say we need to go to the hospital," she said.

The store manager, Shirlethia "Lee Lee" Obaraye, and other customers at the store rushed to help Stabbs deliver her new bundle of joy in the back of her car.

"I was nervous because I had to take her pants off cause everybody was like 'no we don't want to see that part' but when we seen the baby head in her pants we just started ripping her clothes off. He was so handsome," Obaraye said.

Stabbs and her baby boy were taken to TriStar Summit Medical Center once paramedics arrived.

On Tuesday, MAPCO surprised the new mother with a gift basket, flowers and gift card to the convenience store.