Cops Pull Over Speeding Car to Find Woman Giving Birth

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police lightsSometimes what becomes part of a pregnant woman's birth plan is to get to the hospital as soon as possible. You rush into the car and speed when it's go time. That's what happened to one unnamed mom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She along with her husband and 5-year-old child were enjoying the fireworks during a festival called Summerfest. Then mama went into labor. Because of the festival, the streets were heavily congested and many were closed or re-routed. But dad found a way to get through it all, driving up to 50 mph and through red lights.

I know. I know. Dangerous. But we've got to believe this dad was as careful as possible trying to get his wife to the hospital on time. Then the cops gave chase.

Officer Xavier Benitez and Adam Bradley were in their squad car and thought they recognized the red car as one they had pulled over in the past. Hmm. Looks like the speedracer needs to slow down when not in emergency situations, too. This time, because of Summerfest craziness, they thought they had a drunk driver on their hands who was flying through red lights and honking the horn with no sign of slowing down.

Nah, just a mom a labor!

After two blocks, the car pulled over, and as the officers approached, they heard a woman moaning in pain. They had no idea what they were in for. Right there near St. Paul and Water Street, a baby was about to be born during the traffic stop. Officer Benitez said:

As I approached, I saw she was actually giving birth. The head was fully crowned and everything. At that point I yelled across to my partner, "We’re having a baby!"

It had to happen right then and there. The traffic from the festival had the streets almost impassable. It was go time. Benitez sprung into action:

I was basically playing the catcher and Isabella (the baby) came out. I immediately tried to clear the airways and remove the umbilical cord. My partner’s assisting, flicking on the feet to get a response.

Awww baby Isabella! Welcome to the world. Hopefully this is the last time you have to be assisted by cops. I'm kidding. I'm sure it is, you sweet baby with the adorable name. The little cutie made the officers' day who said they were "gleaming ear to ear" for being able to deliver a baby and bring a life into the world instead of being in the middle of a crime scene with shooting guns. I bet.

The family is all doing well. What a wild birth story!

Do you ever worry about giving birth in the car on the way to the hospital?


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LostS... LostSoul88

glad no one was hurt and the offivers were able to assist her. Congrats to the family. That is a birthing story that is worth telling. 

jrphelps jrphelps

My water broke in a dept store. But I made it to the hospital w/ plenty of time to spare since I was in labor for 21 hours!

lulou lulou

I havent been to Summerfest in ~20 years, but hopefully the bathroom situation is better, because going to Summerfest that pregnant baffles me.   Granted Depeche Mode put on a great show.

sylph... sylph_ironlight

I read another story that was similar to this one. The parents made it to the hospital before the baby was born though. In that story, the father was arrested for failing to pull over, dangerous driving, and speeding. He didn't get to see his baby born.

lalab... lalaboosh

Cute, although I wish people would stop panicking when labor starts, even if you're stuck in traffic or it comes quickly. If they'd crashed this story would have been possibly tragic instead of cute. It's almost always ok to birth outside of a hospital as long as mom's low risk. I'm glad everyone's ok!

I do not worry about not making it to the hospital, I birth at home and so far my labors are fast, but I feel it coming the day before it happens.

armyw... armywife009

It is absolutely ridiculous to speed for labor. If dh had of sped, with either pregnancy, I would have flipped shit on him. I remember thinking, with our second, how I just wanted dh to floor it and I could get off the road, it was bumpy, but he took his time and knew that it would be more wise and risk having the baby on the side of the road rather than kill us all.

Raylene Hooper

I had a similiar situation when I had my daughter. Was in labor and got pulled over by the cops on the freeway. The cops gave us an escort with lights and sirens and was able to get to the hospital 15 minutes before my daughter was born.

Saloma Lee Drayton

with my first daughter I had no epidural an my pain shot had long wore off so I don't think I would speed if it happened it happened whatevers meant to be always will no rush here!

Finny... FinnyFinnFinn

Giving birth can be scary and even though you feel there's no reason to rush, most people feel otherwise. I would be in a hurry too if the baby was crowning.

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