Eliza Govern was just 5 days old when she made her first field trip to the on Monday afternoon.
She cried a little. She yawned a few times. She slept a lot. All the while, those around her retold the story of how she came to be born.
Eliza's mom, Jewel Govern, was asleep on the couch of her Rochester Hills home when she awoke about 12:30 a.m. Thursday with what felt like contractions. It was, after all, her baby's due date: Jan. 5.
Jewel, 28, quickly realized they were indeed contractions and that they were coming fast — about two minutes apart. She woke up her husband, Steve. She called her nurse midwife. She went into the bathroom, where her water broke. She tried to pack, to get ready to drive to Beaumont Hospital in Troy, but then she remembers going into what she calls "the zone."
"I told Steve there was no way I was going to be able to get into the car," Jewel said.
Steve Govern called 911 and the Governs got ready for a home birth.
And that's where firefighter paramedic Justin Boks comes in.
Boks was the first one up the stairs and into the bathroom that night.
"I walked in and said, 'What do we have here?' and then (Steve) moved out of the way and I saw the baby coming," said Boks, who has been with the department for two years. He officially delivered the baby; it was 1:30 a.m.
Boks, who does not have children, said paramedics complete an obstetrics rotation during their training; unfortunately, during his particular rotation he wasn't able to help with an actual birth. This was his first delivery.
"It was a nice change of pace from the usual calls we get," said Boks. "It was amazing."
Along with Boks, firefighters Andrew Matz, David Kopko and Doug Quaine responded to the call. On Monday, Rochester Hills Fire Chief Ron Crowell presented them with small "stork" pins and watched as they took turns holding baby Eliza.
"It has definitely made for a great story for our friends," said Steve, 29, a graduate of who grew up in Rochester Hills. The Governs live across the street from the fire station; Steve said he was amazed at how quickly they responded to his call.
"Did you slide down a pole or something?" Steve jokingly asked the crew.
For Steve and Jewel, along with 4-year-old big sister Isabella, Eliza's birth is a storybook tale.
"She is 7 pounds, 14 ounces of perfection," Jewel said.