03/13/2003 AT 02:34 PM EST
Wrong. As her 3- and 4-year-old students were eating their afternoon snack, Schafer's water broke. A classroom aide, Amy Berryhill, 40, shepherded the pupils into a neighboring room where another teacher led them in song ("The Farmer in the Dell") to try to mask the urgent moans coming from Schafer's classroom. With school nurse Ruth Shook, 51, taking instructions by phone from another nurse at a hospital, Schafer got down to business on a patch of floor behind her desk, giving birth to Aurora Izabel Schafer – a sister to brothers Justus, 10, and Gavin, 3 – at 2:30 p.m. "We thought we were experts at this birth thing and that we understood the schedule," says the baby's father, James Schafer, 34, a manager at a rebate processing company. "Aurora had a schedule all her own."
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