LEBANON, N.H. — Erica Davis knew her daughter Abby was in a hurry to be born, but she didn’t realize that her race to the delivery room would come up a few hundred yards short of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.
Abigail Cora Davis was born in the front seat of the family car, delivered by her mom a few hundred yards short of the hospital.
Davis said her water broke Sunday and she told her husband, Kevin, to summon his mother to sit with the couple’s children, James 7 and Hannah, 19 months, at their Enfield home.
Then it was a race to the hospital.
“My poor husband was flying down the Interstate,” she said. “Nobody would pull over.”
Davis said her body instinctively worked to deliver the child.
“I was trying not to push,” she said. “By the time we got to the hospital road, her head was out.”
Erica told Kevin to pull over. By the time he stopped the car and reached the passenger door, Abigail had arrived.
Erica used her mouth to suction the newborn’s air passages.
Kevin found his way to the emergency room, announcing to the assembled staffers “She was born in the car, she was born in the car.”
Despite the drama, Davis said it was the easiest of her three deliveries.
“This was incredibly easy, I feel like I didn’t have a baby at all,” Davis said. “People are giving me so much credit, but the heroes are the women who spend 10 hours in labor.”
Mother and baby are due home today.
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