Mom Gives Birth in Car After Cops Stop Driver for Speeding

speedometerIt was go, granny, go, as an Ohio woman attempted to rush her daughter, who was in labor, to the hospital. Around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, Donna Richmond was clocked going 90 miles per hour in her mission to make sure her grandchild was born safely in the hospital as planned.

Only her plan was thwarted, as a police officer stopped her for speeding. “I knew I was going fast, I didn’t know I was going that fast,” Donna Richmond told WBNS-TV. When the officer approached the car, Debbie Richmond called out from the backseat, "I'm in labor!"

Thankfully, the officer let them off with a warning. But it was too late.


Not long thereafter, with no drugs or doctors, little Sarah Lynn Altman came into this world ... in the front seat of her mother's Hyundai. Debbie Richmond told the station:

I was holding my legs together. She just popped right out. No pain medication or nothing.

Everyone is fine, and Sarah will certainly have an incredible birth story to tell, but it does raise a question about what women in labor should do when they need to get to the hospital fast.

Certainly we can't have them throw all caution aside, because that wouldn't be safe for anyone if every nervous dad and jittery grandma put the pedal to the metal, but it seems there should be something.

Maybe pregnant women should get a special light for their car for use only in emergency situations? At least people would know to get out of their way. Maybe it's a flag they wave out their window to get the attention of police who could then escort them? I'm not sure what, but I do know that when I was pregnant with my son in Seattle where traffic was horrific, I was terrified of being stuck in traffic and not making it to the hospital in time.

Thankfully, it didn't happen, but babies born on the side of the road do happen. Typically they're okay, but it would be nice if we could figure out a way to help more women deliver in hospitals instead of Hyundais.

Did you have any problems getting to the hospital in time when you were in labor?

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