WANTAGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – An expectant mother and her boyfriend were rushing to the hospital early Thursday morning, but the baby couldn’t wait.
Chantelle LeGrande, 28, said she was in the front seat of the car and her boyfriend Gregory Mars was driving, racing from their home in Queens to Plainview Hospital, when she felt the baby coming.
“He was saying, ‘Don’t push, don’t push,’” LeGrande said.
The couple pulled over on the side of the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway near Exit 1 at 2:55 a.m. and telephoned for help.
Responding officers and an ambulance pulled up just in time to deliver the baby.
LeGrande was placed in the back of an ambulance where she gave birth to a healthy 8-pound baby girl at 3:07 a.m.
“It was quick, easy,” LeGrande said, adding that it was easier giving birth on the side of the road in a car than in a hospital because it happened so quickly.
Mom and little Alani Evelyn were taken to an area hospital where they were reported to be in good health, police said.
This is LeGrande’s third child with Mars. They also have two daughters, ages 5 and 2.