Mom gives birth on Florida expressway

Jan 21, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. ET
Image: Tampa Bay Times

A baby was in such a hurry to be born that he didn't bother waiting for the hospital... or for his dad to stop the car.

A family added another member Tuesday, but he didn't arrive like most of us do — in a hospital, birthing center or a home. No, little Jaden Juniel Rosales was born on the way to the hospital while his dad raced down a Florida expressway.

His mom, Grendalee Rosales, wasn't due for another couple of weeks, so she wasn't expecting to go into labor this early. She hopped into the family car in the middle of the night when her contractions began, along with her husband, who was driving, her aunt and their three other children.

It didn't take long for things to get intense, and her husband, Jose, wasn't sure if he should pull over or not. However, their baby wasn't interested in waiting for his dad to make a choice. Grendalee wound up delivering her baby boy in the car while they were speeding down the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway.

Jose soon pulled over, and they dialed 911 while attempting to flag down some help. A passing driver (who wound up being a video editor for a local TV channel) pulled over to help out the family, and an ambulance was soon dispatched to whisk the mom and her newborn to a nearby hospital.

Fortunately Mom and baby are doing well, although they will both be kept in the hospital for observation for 48 hours. Jaden checked into this world at 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measures 20 inches long.

While rapid births aren't totally out of the norm, usually babies aren't born while you're actually driving to the hospital. Usually moms and dads know when they're really not going to make it and have time to pull over, but sometimes babies pop out so fast that parents don't have time to react.

Congrats, Rosales family!

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