State Troopers Help Deliver Baby On Illinois Interstate

A woman goes into labor on the highway and they find state troopers to help deliver the baby!


When women become pregnant they immediately start wondering what it will be like to go through labor. Many women will start imaging how they are going to give birth and where they might deliver. The majority of women think about their delivery in a hospital, some may envision a home birth, and others might even consider a tub birth. No woman says, "I hope that I give birth on the side of the highway miles away from the nearest hospital."

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That was the reality for one mother. Stacey Watkins went into labor and she wanted to go to the hospital. She knew she was in active labor and so she called her brother, Roland Atkins, to see if she could take her to the hospital. Roland started driving Stacey to the hospital, but he knew that they were not going to make it. Roland saw a squad car pulled over to the side of the road and that is when Roland drove right in front of the vehicle.

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Roland jumped out of his car and yelled at the state troopers that his sister was in active labor and he didn't know what to do. One of the troopers, Edgar Valdez De Leon, was so excited to help. He had only been a trooper for about one year and he had no idea that he was going to have the opportunity to deliver a baby so early on in his career. He quickly responded and helped the woman deliver a beautiful and healthy little baby boy about 10 minutes later. The paramedics shortly showed up and took Stacey and her sweet little baby boy to the nearby hospital.

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Valdez De Leon was able to go and visit the little baby in the hospital. Everybody is really healthy. Stacey named her son Carter Lee Smothers. He was was born on Sunday at 12:08 a.m. He weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Congratulations to Stacey and her new little baby boy! We are so happy that Valdez De Leon was there and could help her through her delivery! We hope that recovery goes by quick!

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