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Neighbor Pam Syring (from left), son Gavin Jakubek, 3, daughter Natalia Jakubek, 5 days, mother Heather Painter and father Justin Jakubek in the family’s kitchen where Natalia was born with the help of her father and Syring. (Steve Kuchera /

Duluth family thankful for neighbors, responders for help with unexpected home birth

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Natalia’s parents joke that their newborn’s future “timeout” spot has been preordained. It’s right there, and they point to a spot on the tile floor under a corner of the kitchen table.


Because that’s where Natalia was born a week ago.

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