Couple Makes Pit Stop at Speedway to Deliver Baby

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CONCORD, N.H. — Sometimes babies just can’t wait to get into the world. Shawna Arnold says that was the case with her new daughter Katie.

Arnold and her boyfriend were driving to the hospital when her impatient baby had other plans.

“He’s like, I can’t drive any faster, I can’t drive any faster, and I’m like, I’m not going to make it, I’m not going to make it,” Arnold said. “And I had a contraction, and I stood up in the back seat on my knees facing the back, and I said, I’m not going to make it. My water just broke.”

The couple pulled into the New Hampshire Motor Speedway after Arnold’s water broke. Her boyfriend ran into the ticket office to ask for help. The newborn arrived in the family’s Saturn in the speedway parking lot. Luckily there were EMT’s on site.

“There was an EMT there that happened to be wonderful, he’s a great EMT, and he knew what he was doing,” she said .” He made me feel comfortable, he made me feel safe.”

Tom Blanchette is the Operations Director at the track. He says it was a good decision for the couple to stop.

“We had a motorcycle event on track, and typically we would have a couple of ambulances on property to provide safety for the riders and competitors that come here to enjoy the Magic Mile,” Blanchette said. “So, it was timed perfectly for them; they knew where to stop.”

Paramedics helped the new mom and baby. They also took the pair to the hospital by ambulance. The speedway awarded the baby two tickets to their NASCAR races every year for the rest of her life.

Katie weighed a little over five pounds when she was born.





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