As snow brought Atlanta to a grinding halt Tuesday, a baby girl was born in a car on the side of the highway after getting stuck in gridlocked traffic.
Police officer Tim Sheffield told "Today" about helping the father, Nick Anderson, deliver his baby girl
along Interstate 285 in Sandy Springs.
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“I asked the dad, ‘Are you all broke down?’” the officer recalled. “He goes, ‘No, we’re having a baby.’”
Sheffield said the parents remained calm, and the mother, Amy Anderson, “did amazing” without any pain medication. The couples’ two daughters were in the backseat during the delivery.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the baby, named Grace
, and her mother were fine and taken by paramedics to the hospital and both were doing fine.
Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency and mobilized the National Guard to help other motorists still stranded on Wednesday. Many people who could not get home slept in supermarkets and more than 2,000 children stayed at school overnight with their teachers.
Tuesday’s delivery wasn’t the first for the officer who helped deliver baby Grace. He told Today that he’s been in the situation several times before.
While the southern storm made the Andersons’ experience particularly challenging, roadside births have become more common, according to a report by NBC 5 in Chicago
. The report cited Centers for Disease control records showing a 20 percent increase since 2009 in the number of babies born outside of homes hospitals and clinics.
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