Newborn delivered on highway before parents could make it to the hospital

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One local family had quite a ride to the hospital Thursday as their baby came a bit sooner than expected.

Aileen and Robert Mayo weren't expecting their baby girl for another two weeks, but what happened in the car on the way to this hospital was an even bigger surprise.

"I'm like, 'oh it will be okay, it's still weeks big deal,'" said Aileen, whose contractions started Thursday morning.

She thought she had some time as she did with her first two children, but minutes later, her water broke.

"And so I'm like, 'oh, okay, I guess it's happening today,'" Aileen added.

She said things were moving quickly as her husband, Rob, drove them to the hospital 25 minutes away.

"I kept thinking, 'okay, we need to make it to the hospital,'" said Aileen.

"I was just trying to stay focused on getting us there and keeping her calm, and driving as fast as I could," Robert recalled.

Baby Gianna was ready to make her appearance, no matter the circumstances. As they approached Red Bridge Road on 71 Highway, Aileen screamed the baby was coming out.

"At some point, there was no stopping it, I actually was trying to keep my legs closed, and just holding on," said Aileen.

"I looked over and it happened, and it happened so quick," said Robert.

"The baby literally shot out, like her head came out and I'm like, 'oh my gosh her head's here,' and I literally caught her in mid-air," added Aileen, "This happened literally three seconds maybe, if that, it was just whoosh."

She put the baby on her chest, made sure she was breathing, and put a coat over her to keep her warm.  Mom and dad were relieved when she opened her eyes.

"So then we were cracking up in the car because it was just so bizarre," Aileen said.

Robert made a phone call to the hospital to find out where they needed to go, or so he thought.

"I said to her who I was and that we were on the way to the hospital to deliver the baby, but the baby has already been born in the front seat of the car," Robert said, "and she said, 'oh my gosh, I'm an insurance adjuster, you've called the wrong number.'"

When they pulled up at the hospital, an emergency room doctor, four nurses, and their midwife were there waiting for them. But baby Gianna couldn't wait, making for one wild ride with a happy ending.

The Mayos say this will certainly be a story to tell generations to come.

Gianna joins her two older siblings Lincoln, who is seven, and Isabella who is six.

Read More at Robert's Blog


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