Utah Mom Nearly Gives Birth Alone On Highway While...
A pregnant Utah mom almost had to give birth alone on the side of the road after she went into labor while driving to the hospital. Read on for the full story!
Utah Mom Nearly Gives Birth Alone On Highway While Driving To Hospital
An expectant Utah mom driving herself to the hospital gave birth to a nearly 10-pound baby boy on the side of an interstate highway just moments after police arrived to help.
Devi Mariah Ostler knew she was already going into labor before she got into her car on Saturday, but she still thought she had time to make it over to the hospital, police said.
It wasn’t until the mom began driving down Interstate 15 that the contractions became overwhelming, and she called 911, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jalaine Hawkes said.
On a recording of the 911 call, Ostler can be heard calmly telling the dispatcher she’s going into labor, but once her water breaks, it doesn’t take long before she started panicking.
"I'm trying to get over into the other lane—I need to push!" Ostler, 32, tells the dispatcher. "The baby is coming!"
The helpful dispatcher, Brittney Chugg, talked Ostler through the entire labor, telling her to lay her seat back, take deep breaths, and even hold the baby’s head so he wouldn’t come out 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," Chugg said at a news conference Sunday, according to the Deseret News.
Willard Police Chief Jean Loveland and Utah Highway Patrol trooper Josh Car sped to the scene, where they helped deliver the 9.9-pound baby boy in less than a minute.
"He came right out in my hands," said Carr. "It was very emotional. Probably next to my own children's' birth, it was a very satisfying moment in my career."
The perfectly healthy baby boy, who has yet to be named, is Ostler’s third child. Both mother and baby were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they are said to be in good condition.
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