- Tanya St. Preux Picault did not expect to deliver her baby at a Target in Atlanta
- Labor and delivery nurse Caris Lockwood saw what was happening and jumped in to assist Picault
- Lockwood delivered the baby right at the car before the ambulance arrived
Tanya St. Preux Picault did not expect to deliver her baby at a Target in Atlanta instead of a hospital room.
The woman hadn’t even been in the store for 20 minutes between parking the car and the ambulance arriving. She had been to the doctor the day before and hadn’t anticipated the sudden onset of labor.
Thankfully, Caris Lockwood, a labor and delivery nurse was also shopping at the Mall of Georgia on August 25.
Caris Lockwood (left) helped deliver Tanya St. Preux Picault’s (right) baby boy in a Target parking lot
The nurse works at Piedmont Healthcare’s Atlanta Hospital and was shopping with her mom and sister when they spotted Picault.
‘I saw a very pregnant woman who looked to be in pain,’ Caris’ mother Lisa Bozeman told Fox 5.
‘She mentioned that she needed to get a few things, then “might” go to the hospital to be checked since her contractions seemed to be getting strong.’
‘I didn’t think she was going to deliver that fast at first, but then she had a really painful contraction and her water broke. As a labor and delivery nurse I kind of knew what was about to happen,’ Lockwood said.
Tanya St. Preux Picault delivered a healthy baby boy named Maleek at an Atlanta target
She also said her sister was able to grab necessary supplies like towels and gloves.
Picault gave birth to a healthy seven pound 10 ounce baby boy named Maleek. He is her fourth child.
‘Caris was God-sent and amazing,’ Picault told Piedmont Healthcare. ‘She was sweet and caring and exceeded everyone’s expectations. She went way over far and beyond.’
Caris Lockwood, pictured here with her husband, is a labor and delivery nurse at Piedmont Healthcare’s Atlanta Hospital
Lockwood wasn’t the only person to jump in. An ER nurse and a NICU nurse were also able to come to Picault’s aid.
Caris Lockwood studied at Mercer University and the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. She graduated in 2015.
Target has said: ‘We commend the nurses and medical team that jumped in to help and we’re happy to hear mother and baby are doing well.’