Mom Almost Gives Birth By Herself on the Highway

Imagine feeling contractions as you're driving to the hospital, ready to give birth. But suddenly, your water breaks -- while you're still on the highway!

For one mom in Utah, this is exactly what happened. Devi Ostler was driving when she started to feel contractions -- instead of stopping, she decided to keep going to the hospital. But before she could reach it, the labor pains intensified. Reacting quickly, Ostler pulled over and called 911.

"I need to push! The baby is coming!" she told a dispatcher, after her water broke.

Less than a minute after their arrival, she gave birth to a 9.9-pound baby boy. Cars can be heard speeding by on the recording as the baby is born and wrapped in a sweat shirt.

"He came right out in my hands," said Utah Highway Patrol trooper Josh Carr, who told her the gender of the baby for the first time. "It was very emotional."

Mom and baby (her third child) were then driven to a nearby hospital for evaluation. No name has been given yet, but Ostler met everyone who helped her through the labor, including the 911 dispatcher.

Ostler joins a list of moms who've given birth in unusual places -- and who'll have a great birth story to share with friends and family!

Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com who covers baby-related content. She loves collecting children's picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea

Sarah had an epidural for her first child, but she decided to give birth naturally by having an unmedicated childbirth the second time. Learn more about her story and how the two experiences compared.

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