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“DELIVERING BABY WAS ‘NO BIG DEAL’”

Campbell River newspaper, 1979

It was the first time Jim Boulding delivered a baby, but it didn’t seem too difficult because he’d seen it done before.

Armed with nothing but a few blankets and the experience of spending 22 years training people to be leaders in the bush, Boulding recently played midwife on a rainy road miles from anywhere.

Mother and child are fine and Boulding said it’s no big deal. He’s spent years helping victims of accidents which tend to happen near his wilderness training lodge at Strathcona Park, about 45 kilometres southwest of this Vancouver Island community.

“I was just preparing to go to town, as a matter of fact, and was talking to my wife on the radio phone, when this guy walked in and says: “Is there a doctor here? My wife’s going to have a baby.”

“Well, there weren’t any doctors here. I’ve watched four of my own kids being born and her water sack had broken and she was having contractions about one minute apart. So I said, “Lady, you’re not going to make it to town.”

However, Art Trigg and his wife Wendy, 25, from Gold River, B.C., said they wanted to try to make the drive to town and to have their child in a hospital instead of in the bush.

“Well, I got a pile of towels and I told Nancy, Myrna’s aunt, to bring a pile of towels as well. We had only driven a few minutes down the road when we pulled over because she was ready.” Boulding said.

“I’m quite honoured to have been able to help. This is the first baby I’ve delivered,” said the 47-year-old father of five.

Mrs. Trigg was very calm but Mr. Trigg was so upset by the time he got his wife to the Lodge that he started running down the road toward Gold River. He did return in a few minutes. The family visited Jim a couple of times over the years. Nick our youngest son, who was three at the time, for many months would have a conversation with his dad about the baby being born when our vehicle went past the spot, really just a wide place in the road that was a short distance from the Lodge.