Sherry Lewis thought the highlight of her day Sunday would be lunch with her daughter, mother and friends at a Chinese restaurant.

Instead she delivered the baby of a total stranger. On Mother’s Day to boot, or perhaps to booties.

Lewis stepped forward when others hesitated and helped deliver a baby girl of a woman who suddenly went into labor at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in Richland Township.

“It was a wonderful experience. I’m so pleased I did something like this,” Lewis, of Manns Choice, said from her home. “It’s something I’ll never forget and for me it was the best Mother’s Day I’ve ever had.”

Lewis, her daughter Marissa, 7, and others had lunch at the Main Moon then walked across the parking lot to look around in the discount store at East Hills Plaza.

They were inside Ollie’s when she noticed a pregnant woman come in and sit down on lawn furniture set up as part of a display.

“She sat down on the chair. She was crying and I wondered what was wrong,” Lewis said. “She said, ‘Oh, no, my water broke.’ ”

The delivery was quick – leaving Lewis with little time but to react.

“No one else was helping. What could I do? I couldn’t just stand and watch,” she said Wednesday.

Lewis said the mother, who chose not to be identified, told her she was seven months pregnant.

Lewis, who works at an assisted-living center in Bedford and is a certified medical assistant, said it was the first time she ever did anything close to what she did Sunday.

The baby girl was born around 3:30 p.m. with an East Hills Ambulance crew arriving on the scene shortly after the delivery. Mother and baby were transported to Memorial Medical Center.

The condition of the mother and baby is unknown and hospital officials, citing privacy regulations, were unable to provide any additional information, Wednesday.

Lewis, who has made numerous attempts during the past three days to contact the mother and learn the condition of the little girl, had hoped to know more.

“I delivered this baby and I just wanted to see if it was OK. Maybe I feel I have a bond with her. I feel for the baby,” Lewis said.

The events inside the store unfolded so quickly that, before anyone knew what was going on, the baby had arrived.

The tiny girl was a breech delivery, with the buttocks and legs arriving first. And as events developed, Lewis said she started yelling for store employees to bring blankets, sheets and towels.

One of the most challenging parts of the delivery was making sure the baby was fine, she said.

“I had to stimulate the baby to get her to breathe. I was nervous. I was shaking,” she said. “I was just rubbing her arms and saying, “Please breathe. Please breathe.’ ”

The infant then came around.

The event will stand as a milestone in Lewis’ life.

“I had to help her. I never dreamed anything like that would ever happen to me,” Lewis said.

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