Mother gives birth to son at Target store near Atlanta

Posted at 4:52 AM, Sep 27, 2017

(WXIA/NBC) - A baby decided to arrive on Monday while his mother was shopping at a Target in north Georgia.

Thankfully a labor and delivery nurse, Caris Lockwood, was shopping at the store when the woman when into labor.

Lockwood spotted a very pregnant Tanya St. Preux Picault and could tell the woman needed help.

Picault had a painful contraction and then her water broke, but the nurse was there to assist.

In fact, two other nurses also helped.  A short time later Maleek was born at 11 pounds, 6 ounces.

That's something few others can say they got at Target.

"(Caris’) mom walked up and she politely said, 'Hey, you don't look so good. Can I get my daughter? She's a labor and delivery nurse.' And I said, 'Sure," said Picoult.

"I didn't know she was going to deliver that fast at first, but then she had a really painful contraction and her water broke. As a labor and delivery nurse, I kind of knew what was about to happen," said Lockwood.

"She didn't look like someone who was outside of Target. She really looked like someone who was at the hospital in her normal working environment,” said Picoult. “I see a lot of people saying that she was God-sent, and that's what really goes through my mind. Just God's provision.”

"I think the right people were in the right place, and it was just one of those surreal things," said Lockwood.

Courtesy WXIA via NBC News Channel