Dad and Mom in Labor Panic Stricken on Side of Road, That's When Angels Dressed in Blue Show Up


When parents are expecting a baby, the moment the mother goes into labor can be a very exciting one.

Though, there are always stories of people who choose to give birth at home or end up in unexpected locations. No matter what, it is always an experience when a newborn enters the world.

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Two expectant parents in New York had to get a little extra help when they realized they were not going to make it all the way to the hospital for the mother to give birth.

Sixty-blocks away from their destination, they pulled over onto the side of the road at 8 a.m. and the mom went into labor.

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The father-to-be called 911 and waved over two New York Police Department officers to help deliver the baby.

“We were flagged down by the husband that was already with her at the driver’s side of the vehicle and pretty much delivering the baby in labor at that moment,” Officer Stephan Koustoubardis said. “I stepped in and assisted the husband.”

The delivery lasted about five minutes, with the police officers helping the father bring the Easter baby into the world.

“We don’t normally handle these situations and it feels great directly bringing life into the world,” Officer Vincent Ching, who has only been on the force for a few months, said.

Koustoubardis added that in situations like this one, “training kicks in and you focus on doing what you gotta do.”

“It feels fantastic, a natural high feeling of being happy in life.”

Little baby Claire was rushed to the hospital after she was born, and mother and baby are both doing well.

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The father expressed his gratitude for the officers’ help and for the 911 dispatcher who helped keep him calm as they waited for help to arrive.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Prescott, Arizona
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