Stork makes surprise landing in Estacada
Baby arrives unexpectedly
By Becky Ginsbach / Estacada Eagle Jan 22, 2012
With absolutely no signs of pregnancy, 26 year old
Estacada resident Donna Tenbush said that she did not have
a clue that she was a mother-to-be when she awoke this
morning. As the day progressed, she experienced what she
described as "severe menstrual type cramps with an
extreme back ache."
Donna, who has two other children and lives with her
parents, said that as the pain quickly became worse she
began to panic and feel as if something was wrong. Her
father Frank called Donna’s Mom, Laurel, who was on her
way back from Clackamas. Laurel tried to calm her
daughter and told her to take a couple of Midol or an
aspirin and that she’d be home within a few minutes.
As the pain intensified, Donna sat in the bathroom on and
cried out in agony. Her father, worried, called her best
friend, Samantha Sample who is attending Mt Hood
Community College as a nursing student and asked her to
come check on Donna.
As soon as Samantha arrived, she began to put two and two
together and knew that she had to help Donna from the toilet
and try to get her into a room where she could lie down to
She assisted Donna to her feet and they had only taken a few
steps into the hallway when Baby Angel Faith made her big
debut weighing in at 6lbs 7oz and measuring 17.5 inches in
With 911 activated, Donna lying on the floor and the
Estacada Fire Department on the way, Samantha cared for
Angel, clearing her airway and holding her cord which she
had somehow managed to partially clamp off.
The 911 dispatch operator remained on the phone talking
Samantha through the process, until paramedics could
arrive. Samantha instructed Donna’s girls, ages seven and
ten, to vigorously rub their mom's tummy to help control the
bleeding and to get pillows and blankets to keep their mom
and baby sister warm.
“I’m very proud of the girls. They were amazing and calmly
followed instructions, doing exactly what they were
instructed to do. They did fine until the paramedics arrived
and then they broke down in tears,” said Samantha
“I’m still in shock, it doesn't seem real, and there were no
indications or signs that she was even pregnant,” said Frank
Mother and daughter were transported by Lifeflight to a
local hospital where both are in listed in good condition.
“I’m still pinching myself," said Donna. "This feels like a
Editors Notes: Since Baby Angel’s arrival was a surprise,
the family had no time to save money to purchase the
needed supplies for her. They have no baby clothing,
diapers; furniture, car seat or any needed supplies.
Readers wishing to donate baby items, may contact the
Estacada Eagle at 503.706.7930 or email us at
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Photo by Becky Ginsbach / Estacada Eagle
By Becky Ginsbach / Estacada Eagle