Mom gives birth in Tim Hortons washroom

Baby Azauria Lorraine Anderson was born in a Tim Horton's washroom in Windsor Tuesday morning, May...

Baby Azauria Lorraine Anderson was born in a Tim Horton's washroom in Windsor Tuesday morning, May 8. (JOEL BOYCE/QMI AGENCY)

Joel Boyce, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:34 PM ET

WINDSOR, ONT. - A southwestern Ontario mother gave birth to a baby girl in a Tim Hortons washroom Tuesday morning.

Shireen Anderson drove to the popular coffee shop in Windsor to use the bathroom when suddenly realized she was in labour a week early.

“She was at the end of our counter saying, ‘Call 911. The baby is coming,’” manager Aaron Hayes said. “I asked her, ‘Do you want to sit down? What can I do for you?’”

Hayes and another employee, Judy Glen, jumped into action and helped deliver the baby while on the line with a 911 operator.

Anderson delivered baby Azauria Lorraine in the woman’s washroom around 11:15 a.m.


Shireen Anderson holds up a Tim Horton's cup and gift basket she received after having her baby delivered in a Tim Horton's washroom on May 8, 2012. (JOEL BOYCE/QMI Agency)

“I’m still letting it sink in,” Hayes said. “I was on the phone with 911 in the bathroom. They were telling me what to do. Judy was great. She held the baby and I grabbed a cloth and cleaned her. That was when the paramedics got there.”

The pair were quickly transported by ambulance to Windsor Regional Hospital, where mom and baby are doing well.

“Tim Hortons’ employees did a great job. They stepped up and everyone pulled together for a good team effort,” EMS district chief Dennis McFarlan said.

Anderson, now a mother of two, said she was grateful to the staff for their help.

“I know she (Glen) was nervous because she was saying, ‘Don’t push. Don’t push.’ But I didn’t have a choice. I tried holding out as much as possible,” Anderson said. “They handled it really good. I was screaming at the top of my lungs. I know when I came out the whole staff was cheering.”

Anderson also said she was thrilled her daughter is healthy after the ordeal.

“You see this on TV. I would never expect to have a child in Tim Hortons.” Anderson said.


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