Pregnant Woman Gets Stopped for Speeding & Delivers Baby on Side of the Road

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police lightsWhen I was pregnant, I dreamed of that race to the hospital and worried about all of the things that could happen en route to prevent me from getting there. Two medically necessary scheduled C-sections meant none of them happened to me, but I'm always fascinated by stories of those to whom they do.

Take this woman from Bellville, Ontario, who got stopped for speeding while she was in labor this weekend. There she was just trying to get to the hospital in time when she saw the flashing lights of a police officer. So she pulled over, with one heck of a good excuse.

That's when the police officer got what was probably the biggest surprise of his career.

According to Quinte News, the baby was on its way right then and there. The officer determined there was no time to get to the hospital, so he went into action. There, on the side of the road, he helped her deliver her baby boy, which she named Dakota.

Mother and baby are reportedly doing just fine, and fortunately the officer didn't issue a ticket in this case. (Can you imagine if he did?!) So it was a happy ending all around, but what a birth story.

If I were her, I think I might have just kept going when I heard the sirens and explained myself at the hospital. But if she was that far along, it may have been best that she did stop for the officer instead of being alone and trying to deliver her baby by herself a little farther down the road. I'm just glad all turned out well.

As heart-dropping as I find stories like this, I also find them strangely reassuring. So often we build up birth to be this complicated, orchestrated event, but really -- in most situations -- our bodies know what to do, and babies enter the world just fine no matter where mom so happens to be at the time.

If you were in labor and speeding, would you pull over for a police officer?


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I'm glad he got in to action and let her off. It bothers me to hear the other way it all to frequently goes here.

purvi... purvislets

"If I were her, I think I might have just kept going when I heard the sirens and explained myself at the hospital. "

That is such a bad idea!  The cops would think that you were trying to evade them and then you'd end up in labor AND handcuffs.  I've heard of it happening before!  They wouldn't have any idea WHY you were speeding and when you don't pull over you are pretty much asking for trouble.  Ideally, this woman should have called an ambulance instead of trying to drive herself to the hospital while in active labor.  Thankfully everything turned out just fine, but what if she had gotten into an accident during a contraction or when the baby was born?  It just seems too risky to me.

Susan See

I would stop because these days if you don't they will run you off the road and taser you if you don't hand over your registration and insurance right away. Like the guy that was having an epileptic attack. They tasered him when he couldn't repond fast enough. The taser has been a great tool for policemen. It was supposed to be used when they were in danger but it's just an excuse to exert your authority now.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

You are supposed to put your flashers on- so that people know there is something wrong and you are headed to the nearest public service location. She should not have kept driving on her own, I'm glad she pulled over and let the cop assist her- she should not have been driving during contractions!

Janene Schmidt Winters

I was actually driving when my water broke and I went into labor.  Luckily, my husband was along and he was the one driving when the cops stopped us for speeding and escorted us to the next town. 

aeneva aeneva

I have been told that if I am driving and there is an unmarked car with lights trying to pull me over call 911 and verify they are cops.  I don't see why you couldn't do that in this type of situation too.  Call 911 explain it and then they may just give you a police escort instead.  Glad to hear babe and mom are okay.

purvi... purvislets

Aeneva - In some states they don't do police escorts anymore.  A friend of mine was in labor and on her way to the hospital (her husband was driving) when she suddenly felt like they wouldn't make it in time.  There was a police officer parked nearby and they pulled up at asked if he could escort them to the hospital.  He said that he couldn't legally do that, but that since they had stopped him he was now required to call them an ambulance.  They had to wait for the ambulance and then ride to the hospital that way.  Thankfully, she made it to the hospital in time without delivering the baby.  

The problem with police escorts is that they are dangerous, especially at high speeds.  People know to get out of the way of a cop car with it's lights and sirens going, but they may not be aware that you are following behind them and it could cause a huge wreck.

pupuk... pupukeawahine

Last time I drove like a bat out of hell was when I was headed to my dad's memorial/wake and a truck overturned on the interstate up ahead about five miles.  Traffic had backed up forever, I got lost trying to find a detour, and when I finally made it back on the freeway and around the accident I knew if I didn't step on it I would never make it to the next state and into town for the occasion.  Since I had a lot of the food, the programs, and a whole bunch of family members, I gauged it and figured I'd make it if I went 80 to 85 miles an hour for the next two hours.  I was lucky and didn't get pulled over, but I wasn't going to be late to my dad's funeral.  (Can you imagine an Irish person not showing up for the old man's going away party?)  Some things, like having a baby, a wedding or a funeral are worth it.  I was just hoping that if the red lights started flashing that I could talk my way around it.

Jackie Birch

My fourth was almost born in the car. If my busband didn't speed she most certainly would have been born in the car or side of the road. We did pass a permanent speed camera on the way which my husband did slow down for. We figured it was easier to avoid the ticket than explain it later. The serious speeding part (100 in a 60 zone after my water broke and contractions coming just seconds apart) was right near the hospital so it's possible he would have just kept driving (he had the hazard lights flashing) and answered questions later. We made it to the hospital with about a minute to spare.

Susan Bertrand-Autieri

I woke up at 2:30 a.m. With my water broke and contractions 3-4 min. husband works nites at the hospital i was going to. And we just moved 45 out of i had to drive myself. The only way there was the I-17. So i was having to speed to get there.luckily i made it and surprised my husband showing up there.

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