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Md. Highways Double as Delivery Rooms

Three babies born on state roadways in one week



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    Baby Boy Strasser born along I-97 in Anne Arundel County, Md., on Jan. 18, 2011.

    If good things come in threes, delivering babies on Maryland highways must be a good thing.

    For the third time in a week, expecting mothers gave birth to their babies on Maryland roadways.

    Sunday morning, Denise and Jim Deal were heading to the Anne Arundel Medical Center, but as they were driving along Interstate 97, Denise’s contractions became too strong and they had to pull over.

    Jim was on the phone with a dispatcher when Denise yelled that the baby’s head was already out, reported

    After a few pushes, baby Madison was in her father’s arms, but she wasn’t breathing. With the help of a 911 dispatcher, he tickled her back and she began to scream and cry. Paramedics took Denise and baby Madison (8 lbs., 1 oz.) to the hospital. They’re both said to be doing well.

    The Deals’ situation comes less than a week after Matt and Dayita Strasser thought they too had enough time to get to the hospital. But similar to the Deals, the Strassers had to pull over along Interstate 97, where Dayita gave birth to their son.

    About five hours later, Lakeisha and Kirby Love, also of Severn, Md., gave birth to their baby girl in a minivan along the Baltimore Beltway.