(GILBERT, Ariz.) — Taylor and Michael Hale were less than a mile from the hospital, but baby Chloe couldn’t wait. The new mom delivered her own baby in the car on the way to the Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Ariz.
In the time it took her husband to call 911 from the car, Taylor Hale had delivered the baby.
“The baby’s out!” she exclaimed as her husband spoke to the 911 operator.
She estimated less than five minutes had passed between the time she left her house and when she gave birth.
“I said to the dispatch, ‘The head’s out,’ and he said, ‘Pull over,’” Michael Hale told ABC News affiliate KNXV-TV. “In the time it took for me to stop and pull over, I look over and my wife is holding our baby.”
“I was in the front seat and I just put my legs up and I pushed her out while we were driving,” Taylor Hale said.
After a few long seconds of silence, the parents were relieved to hear their baby crying.
“Congratulations, dad,” the operator said.
Susan Gordon, public relations director at Banner Gateway Medical Center, said that both mother and daughter are healthy and doing fine.
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