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Pastor's wife goes into labor during husband's Sunday service, gives birth in restroom

May 17, 2011 |  7:15 am

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Titus Sebastian Wagner's arrival in this world wasn't exactly what his parents expected.

The fourth child and first son of Pastor Jerrod and Jennifer Wagner, Titus was born after the Sunday service in a restroom stall at the Huntington Beach Central Library, where Church Alive rents the Talbert Room once a week.

His birth, nine days early, came as a surprise to his mother, who realized she was in labor during the service but was sure she had time to wait to go to the hospital. Instead, she found herself on the bathroom floor, leaning against the armrest in a handicapped stall as two friends helped her deliver the baby. "I think I only pushed four times," Wagner said. "It was easy."

Wagner said she had already pre-registered at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange and had a bag of basic needs with her in case she needed to rush there Sunday. Midway through the service, Wagner realized she was in labor. She tried walking in a nearby park to relieve her stress, but realized when she returned to the library that the baby was on its way.

Just after Titus was delivered, paramedics arrived and placed Wagner on a gurney. The registration at St. Joseph turned out to be for naught, as she was taken to nearby Fountain Valley Regional Hospital.

Read the full story: Pastor's wife delivers baby in library bathroom

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-- Michael Miller, Huntington Beach Independent / Times Community News

Photo: Jerrod Wagner, left, watches as his wife, Jennifer, and daughter Geneva talk about their newborn boy, Titus, at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital on Monday. Credit: Scott Smeltzer / Huntington Beach Independent

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