Two weeks after unexpectedly giving birth to their daughter in their Nipomo living room, Paul and Britni Wissler joke that the hardest part of the experience wasn't the delivery — it's been securing a birth certificate.
"I've been running around trying to get that handled," Paul Wissler said. "You wouldn't believe how hard it is to do without a hospital, you know, helping."
But as of Monday, baby Leigh has a certificate for her May 26 birth. And her father, a six-year Oceano State Parks ranger, is listed as the attending physician.
In comparison with the "hassle" of getting the birth certificate, Leigh's birth was very quick, the couple said.
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At 9:45 a.m. that Tuesday, Paul and Britni Wissler had eight minutes left in an episode of "House Hunters" — and what they thought was plenty of time to get to the hospital before Britni gave birth to the couple's second child.
At 10:10 a.m., the Wisslers welcomed a 7-pound, 15-ounce baby girl into the world in the middle of their living room next to a low coffee table and sliding glass backdoors.
"We definitely thought there was no rush," Britni Wissler said. "I had only been in labor for a few hours, and we thought, you know, nothing was going to possibly happen."
Britni Wissler, an administrative assistant at Cal Poly, said her labor with the couple's first child had been long, so when she went into labor that morning, she and Paul Wissler took time to get things settled at home before they planned to head to the hospital.
Her mother stopped by to pick up the couple's 2-year-old son, Ewan, and once the car was packed and ready to go, the couple stopped to finish the rest of Britni's favorite TV show and then take a quick picture.
Part way through taking the photo, things got a little more urgent.
"All of a sudden she has a really bad contraction, her water breaks, right there, and she says, 'I'm having this baby, I have to push,' " Paul Wissler said. “I got down to double-check on her, make sure everything was fine, and there was part of a baby head."
Paul Wissler said at that moment, the training he received as an State Parks ranger kicked in, and he began doing everything he could to deliver his daughter safely.
"I've had the emergency training and everything, but you never expect to have to use that with your wife and daughter on the living room floor," he said. "It's a whole different thing. She really did all the work though. I just kind of ran around."
In all, the delivery took less than six minutes, and it wasn't until he was on his way to the laundry room for clothespins to clamp off the umbilical cord that Paul Wissler called 911.
"They were a little concerned at first, when the paramedics showed up, mostly because it doesn't happen very often. But everything was good to go," he said, noting that they went to the hospital after the birth to further make sure that everyone was OK.
Both baby Leigh and mom Britni have been healthy and well since the delivery, and Britni seemed unfazed by the unusual birth.
"I'm just surprised this doesn't happen more often," she said. "It can't be that uncommon of a thing."