“Oh, she’s having the baby!”
That’s the first thing Iman Shumpert told a 911 operator on the day his wife, Teyana Taylor, gave birth to their daughter. But that exclamation wasn’t the excitement of a gleeful new father. Instead, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard was expressing concerned shock at a delivery that was suddenly taking place in the bathroom of his Cleveland-area home.
Five days later, both mother and baby girl are happy and healthy. But save for the incredible poise of Shumpert and the emergency operator who guided him through the impromptu birth, there’s a chance this unbelievable story could have had a far different ending.
We have successfully started our very own family! 💂🏾🐞🐺👶🏾!!! 2015 has been capped off with a grand finale! Our beautiful daughter is finally here and doing well along with her beautiful mother (my fiancé!!!). This is definitely the best assist I've ever recorded in my life. We were indeed terrified until I finally saw her hair…then the fear left and i kinda just knew what to do! Our bathroom is forever sacred lbs! People always tell me there is no greater gift than fatherhood and I finally understand the feeling. I'm not too proud to say I cried endless tears of joy for my first born. Thank you @teyanataylor for this gift and for turning our houses to homes, you are truly special in every aspect! My smile still hasn't left since her first breath! Thank you to all those that have sent positive vibes our way. You all are deeply appreciated! #iknowyallwassickofourmaternityshoots #yallstillloveus Cue the Gnarls Barkley – smiley faces. Mommy carried you. Daddy delivered you. 12.16.15 we love you June bug! #meettheparents
We highly recommend listening to the video above in full, by the way. Hearing Shumpert go from frightened tears to happy ones as he’s helped to ensure the safety of his newborn is absolutely heartwarming. The grace of the 911 operator who took his call is equally moving, too.
“Is it a boy or a girl?”
“It’s a little girl, sir.”
“A little girl? Congratulations.”
“Thank you, sir.”
Shumpert, by the way, missed Cleveland’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder the next day with a groin injury. Thankfully, he was right where he should have been as LeBron James and company defeated their Western Conference foes – at home with his fiancée and baby girl.
(h/t For The Win)