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Woman Delivers Her Own Baby While Pulled Over on the Interstate

A pregnant Salt Lake City woman was dropping off her six-year-old son at her mother's house on Saturday when she felt contractions starting. Devi Mariah Ostler, a thirty-two-year-old mother of two, calmly began driving herself to the hospital. Soon, however, Ostler realized that she wasn't going to make it there before her baby made an appearance.   

Once she felt the full force of her labor, Ostler dialed 911; her call was answered by operator Brittney Chugg. Ostler was traveling 75 miles per hour in the fast lane on Interstate 15 when she told Chugg that her water broke. According to the Associated Press, Ostler said,

"I'm trying to get over into the other lane — I need to push! The baby is coming!"

Ostler was able to pull over to the side of the interstate while Chugg talked her through the delivery procedure and Utah Highway Patrol trooper Josh Carr raced to the scene. Only a minute after the officer arrived, Ostler gave birth to a healthy, nearly 10-pound baby boy. Highway noise could be heard on the recording in the background as the newborn was swaddled in a sweatshirt. Officer Carr said of the incident,

"He came right out in my hands. It was very emotional. Probably next to my own children's' birth, it was a very satisfying moment in my career." 

Ostler said later at the hospital,

"I knew the baby was coming and it doesn't help to panic. So, I just stayed calm and said, 'Well, if I deliver it on my own then I deliver it on my own. If somebody gets here, somebody gets here. The baby is here. There's not much more I can do about it.'" 

Congratulations to such a strong, level-headed lady! Visit this AP article to read more on this story.

Image: AP 

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True, but I am more concerned with the driver who is shaving or reading a textbook propped on their steering wheel at 80 miles an hour or taking a 'selfie' or busy texting... ALL of these people I have encountered. Wish I hadn't.
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