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Mom Gives Birth While Driving to the Hospital

When Utah mom Devi Mariah Ostler was dropping her 6-year-old off at her mother's house, she started feeling the pangs of labor. So after saying good-bye to the boy, she just kept driving toward the hospital.

Things went quickly from pangs to worse while en route, so she called 911.

Ostler, 32, told the dispatcher that she was fine, but the recording captures the sudden rush of birth. Her water broke and she needed to push, all while trying to change lanes and describe her car. (Multitasking in a car? Sounds like motherhood to us!)

Patrol cars were sent out to find Ostler, while dispatcher Brittney Chugg talked her through the labor. Chugg told the Deseret News at a press conference that she had Ostler lay her seat back and hold the baby's head so he wouldn't be born too quickly. Sounds of cars speeding by Ostler's DIY mobile labor and delivery unit can be heard on the phone call.

Utah Highway Patrol trooper Josh Carr arrived just a minute before the boy was born. He wrapped the 9 pound, 9 ounce baby boy in a sweatshirt and waited with Ostler for the ambulance to arrive. She was taken to a hospital, and both mother and baby are doing fine.

This is Ostler's third child. She hadn't picked a name out for the speedy newborn just yet.

Image via Twenty20/Mar78Me

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