Congratulations are in order for a Los Angeles couple who didn't let a little thing like the 405 freeway stop them from welcoming their baby girl into the world on Saturday.
The couple was driving to the hospital around 1 a.m. that day when mom realized that the baby wasn't going to wait any longer. Dad pulled over onto the side of the 405 freeway in West LA and called 911.
Tisa Murphy of the Los Angeles Fire Department was one of the first responders on the scene. In an interview with ABC7 (video above), Murphy describes how various closures on the 405 delayed paramedics from reaching the family. When they finally got to their car, the baby was already born.
"He was on the phone with the dispatch and they were telling him what to do so that's how he delivered the baby," said Murphy to ABC7. Once crews arrived, they cut the umbilical cord and transferred mom and baby to an ambulance so they could take them to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The baby was wrapped in dad's shirt, and at that point had not yet been named by her parents.
"My name for her is Monica, for the Santa Monica freeway," Murphy joked.
In a later interview with CBS2 (video below), Murphy laid out the steps parents should take if they find themselves in a similar situation.
1. If the baby is coming, don't speed or drive erratically to the hospital. Instead, pull over to the side of the road safely.
2. Call 911 and follow the guidance of dispatch operators who are trained to train others on childbirth.
3. Don't panic!