Tuesday was a day of thanks for two Town of Newburgh police officers, after a Walden mother went into labor rushing to the hospital and her soon to be son did not wait to get there. Our John Wagner has more.
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- A first time mother learns the hard way that she should probably trust her own gut feeling. Abby Way read a pregnancy book to get ready for all scenarios related to birth, but she never found a chapter about having a baby in the backseat of a Honda Civic.
"Well I thought my water broke and then my mom's like oh, no, you just peed yourself," said Abby May.
Abby waited a few more hours before telling her mom she had to get to the hospital.
"I really didn't know if it was a contraction or not, I just knew it was painful and it hurt," she said.
"Usually the women lay in labor for hours on end, not half an hour or 45 minutes," said Delilah May, a new grandmother.
Abby and her mother were speeding 80 miles per hour down Route 17K toward St. Luke’s Hospital. But when the pain got unbearable, they pulled over at a Mobil gas station and dialed 911. Hopes for a sterile hospital room were long gone when two Town of Newburgh police officers arrived just minutes later. Thankfully, they both moonlight as EMTs.
"The baby was crowning. I told her if she had to push, go ahead," said Laura Dunn, from the Town of Newburgh PD.
"Yeah, we weren't waiting for an ambulance," said Anthony Kuhn, another first responder from the Town of Newburgh.
Officer Laura Dunn may have a career waiting in a maternity ward. This was her second successful back seat delivery since August.
"I was more nervous this time. I took a deep breath when he started breathing. I stopped breathing until he started breathing," she said.
If you think having a backseat baby is scary, there are horror stories of women that go through more than 24 hours of labor. Once Abby began pushing, at least Jacob was out within eight minutes.
"They told me to lay down, so I was laying down," described Abby May. "I just couldn't think about anything besides the pain."
While mother and grandmother may not recommend a car seat birth, it all worked out, resulting in a healthy seven pound, four ounce bundle of joy named Jacob Ryan.
"It's the best end you could ever hope for, so we're happy for that," said Officer Kuhn.