A pregnant Utah woman managed to deliver her own baby, weighing nearly 10 pounds, while en route alone to the nearest hospital.
AP reports Devi Mariah Ostler, a resident of Mantua, went into labor on Saturday, and began driving herself to the delivery room. The contractions quickly became unmanageable, prompting her to call 911 for help. The call recording begins with Ostler, driving, calmly explaining the situation before her water broke and started shouting.
“I’m trying to get over into the other lane — I need to push!” she said. “The baby is coming!”
According to AP:
The 32-year-old expectant mother pulled over on the side of Interstate 15 as dispatcher Brittney Chugg talked her through the labor, telling her to lay her seat back, breathe and even hold the baby’s head so he wasn’t born too fast.
“We knew. We just knew it was going to happen. There was going to be a baby on the side of the freeway right then,” said Chugg at a news conference Sunday, according to the Deseret News.
Police Chief Jean Loveland from the nearby town of Willard and Utah Highway Patrol trooper Josh Carr sped to the spot. Less than a minute after their arrival, she gave birth to a 9.9-pound baby boy. Cars can be heard speeding by on the recording as the baby is born and wrapped in a sweat shirt.
The mother and baby, both healthy, were transported to a hospital in Brigham City, about 60 miles north of Salt Lake City.