Woman Gives Birth Along NW Street; Husband Gives Dispatch Wrong Address

By Adam Tuss
|  Friday, Aug 23, 2013  |  Updated 2:33 PM EDT
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With the help of a dispatcher, several medics, and her husband, a Northwest D.C. woman gave birth to a healthy baby along Nebraska Avenue. News4's Adam Tuss has the story.

Adam Tuss

With the help of a dispatcher, several medics, and her husband, a Northwest D.C. woman gave birth to a healthy baby along Nebraska Avenue. News4's Adam Tuss has the story.

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With the help of a dispatcher, several medics, and her husband, a Northwest D.C. woman gave birth to a healthy baby along Nebraska Avenue.

Dan Swanson said he and his pregnant wife left their home near the National Zoo to head to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring last Wednesday morning.

"My wife said, 'You gotta pull over, we're not going to make it,'" Swanson said. "Of course, I floored it, but she said, 'You need to pull over right now!'"

Swanson pulled the car into a driveway along Nebraska Avenue near Military Road, and called 911. Trouble was, he gave the wrong address to dispatcher Marcellus Banks. Crews eventually made their way to the correct spot thanks to Banks' quick thinking.

“If it would have been another 15 seconds, I would have had to catch [the baby]!" Swanson said.

"I had to let them know as long as we're on the phone, [responders] were on their way too," Banks said.

News4 was there this week as Swanson thanked the dispatcher and the responders for their quick response. "You all stepped up and really helped us," he said.

"The baby's doing well and we're excited about that," D.C. Firefighter Lamont Veney said.

This was at least the fourth baby born in an unexpected place in the region this month. On Aug. 1, a baby boy made his grand entrance on the platform of the L'Enfant Metro station. Two weeks later, a baby girl was born in a car alongside I-270. And just on Tuesday, a boy was born in a car that was pulled over on I-95 in Elkridge, Md.

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