the world Tuesday when her mom gave birth in a car on the side of a freeway in the middle of a snowstorm.
TODAY reports that police officer Timothy Sheffield was responding to an accident when he saw the car pulled over on the freeway with a family inside. Father-to-be Nick Anderson was already on the phone with 911 at the time because his wife Amy about to go into active labor.
Weather conditions due to the “polar vortex” have effectively shut down the entire Atlanta region, as well as much of the south, with many freeways rendered completely impassible due to snow and ice.
Officer Sheffield told TODAY that he asked Anderson if the car was broken down, and the dad explained that they were en route to the hospital, but with traffic at a standstill due to the storm, there was no way they could make it in time.
Realizing they had no choice, officer Sheffield helped deliver Amy’s baby, with the Anderson’s two daughters looking on from the backseat. He says the parents were troupers, especially Amy, who obviously had no time for pain medication and thus had to go “100 percent natural.”
“When the head came out, the father was starting to pull. I said, ‘No, no, no. Don’t pull.' And the baby just came out,” the officer said, adding, “It just happened quick. It was beautiful.”
Amy, her baby girl, and the rest of the family were soon whisked off to the hospital via ambulance and mom and baby are doing just fine. Lucky for the Andersons, this isn’t the first time at the baby rodeo for officer Sheffield, he’s done this many times before, although he did sound wistful that since the baby was a girl, she probably wouldn’t be named after him. You never know!