Mom Delivers Roadside While Driving Herself to Hospital

by in Childbirth


Devi Mariah Ostler had first started feeling contractions while driving her six-year-old son to her mother’s house on Saturday. Rather than go home, she started heading for the hospital, and the contractions just kept coming.

“I knew the baby was coming and it doesn’t help to panic,” she told CBS. “So I just stayed calm and said, ‘Well, if I deliver it on my own, then I deliver it on my own. If somebody’s there, somebody’s there.’”

And she did sound quite calm at first when she realized she needed to pull over and call 911. But then things took a very quick and drastic change when her water broke while speaking to the dispatcher.

“My water broke in the fast lane, doing 75,” Devi said.

Yet, somehow, she was still able to pull over and stay on the line to describe her car so that police officers could find her.

“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,” Brittney Chugg—the dispatcher that talked Devi through the labor, telling her to lay her seat back, breathe, and hold the baby’s head so he wasn’t born too quickly—told CBS.

Thankfully, though, Police Chief Jean Loveland and Highway Patrol trooper Josh Carr managed to get there in time. Both had sped quickly to the mother, and within a minute of their arrival, out came the 9lb, 9oz baby boy.

Devi Mariah Ostler with her new baby

“She was actually just in the emergency lane, so I could feel the wind of the vehicles blowing right by me, Carr told CBS. “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.”

From there, Devi and her son, whom she hasn’t picked out a name for just yet, were transported to the hospital in Brigham City. Everyone has been reported as in good condition, and mom has even had a few visits in the hospital since the birth, including her son and daughter, and the officers that came to help her.

As for the experience . . . well, Devi isn’t complaining, even if her third child was born faster than all of the other and she had to deliver on the side of the road.

baby born at the side of the road

“This was the fastest,” she said. “I am grateful that I have easy labors. I really am, even if it’s on the side of the road.”

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Kate Givans is a wife and a mother of five—four sons (one with autism) and a daughter. She’s an advocate for breastfeeding, women’s rights, against domestic violence, and equality for all. When not writing—be it creating her next romance novel or here on Growing Your Baby—Kate can be found discussing humanitarian issues, animal rights, eco-awareness, food, parenting, and her favorite books and shows on Twitter or Facebook. Laundry is the bane of her existence, but armed with a cup of coffee, she sometimes she gets it done. Find out more about Kate’s books at authorkategivans.com.

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