Baby born early at Mackinaw City ferry docks
Mackinaw City — One Michigan family will forever have an interesting story to tell after their baby girl was born on ferry docks in Mackinaw City.
Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry employees said an expectant mother and father boarded the ferry returning to Mackinaw City last week knowing the baby was on its way. They said baby Paige was born in a car at the landing just before an ambulance arrived. An OB-GYN who happened to be on board delivered her after the boat docked.
The baby was born six weeks earlier than her parents expected. She weighed four pounds, eight ounces and is now in an area hospital.
A picture of baby Paige is posted on the ferry service’s Facebook page and in its Mackinaw City office.
Misty Martinchek, director of sales and marketing for Shepler’s Ferry, said there was so much excitement surrounding the birth last Thursday that employees forgot to get the names of the couple and doctor.
The ferry company gave the baby a “gold pass” so she can ride free her whole life. Martinchek said the parking lot birth was the first for Shepler’s Ferry.
“She’s the Shepler baby now,” she said.