Woman, 27, gives birth to boy along Interstate 97

March 03, 2007|By Phillip McGowan

A 27-year-old woman who was en route to an Annapolis hospital with her husband yesterday pulled off Interstate 97 in Crownsville and delivered a baby boy with the help of an emergency dispatcher, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said.

Authorities said the couple and the baby, whose identities were unavailable, were taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center.

The couple were headed south on I-97 when worsening contractions forced them to stop near the Farm Road overpass, said Lt. Alex Makris, a county fire spokesman. A passer-by pulled over and offered his cell phone, which the husband used to call 911 at 10:21 a.m., he said.

Dispatcher Roberta Amrhein, a nearly 30-year Fire Department employee, sent paramedics and then guided the husband until his wife gave birth at 10:28.

"It was fantastic," Amrhein said. "Dad and Mom did all the work. The person who provided them a cell phone -- he was just fantastic. It was just a very joyous moment for everybody."

Amrhein said paramedics from the Waugh Chapel station reached them "seconds" later.

"This is a highlight in any stressful day you have in here," Amrhein said.

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