Woman delivers baby in the middle of Wal-Mart

Posted: 03/16/13 at 7:35 pm EDT      Last Updated: 03/16/13 at 11:06 pm EDT

MIDDLETOWN, NY (CNN) -- Wal-Mart shopper Nathalie Saona gave birth to the healthy 6 pound, 6 ounce baby girl Kourtney inside Wal-Mart in Wallkill Thursday night.

The 28-year-old Middletown mom says she got to the super center just after 7 p.m. to shop for the baby, who wasn't due until March 17, when she instead unexpectedly started feeling pain and felt like she had to push.

Shoppers and store employees rushed to help and actually delivered the baby on a bench in the pharmacy department before paramedics could get there.

Saona said it all happened in less than 20 minutes and describes the experience as surreal.

"I was getting my stuff. I was about to pay, and then I started having worse pain and I felt like the baby was coming out," Saona said.

"I was with my sister. I'm like 'I have to push, I have to push.' She said don't push. And then there was this guy, Richard, he was sent from God. And he helped me. I couldn't walk. They put me on the benches in the pharmacy, so everything happened there. It was just so fast."

Both mom and baby are doing well. They'll be going home from the hospital Saturday.

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