SUMMIT, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey woman went into labor on her way to the hospital and knew she was running out of time.
Lucky for her, she was on Interstate 78 in Union County and a state trooper was nearby.READ MORE: CDC Reverses Course, Recommends People Wear Masks Indoors Where COVID Rates Are High
As CBS2’s Jessica Layton reports, Olivia Cummings is now enjoying some quiet time, rocking her brand new baby.
“She had a long day yesterday,” Olivia says.
The peaceful moment was well deserved for both of them after the rocky way little Ania came into the world.
A dashboard camera captured Olivia’s screams as she went into in labor in the back seat of her friend’s car Thursday morning.READ MORE: Drivers Turn Highways Into Personal Parking Lots While Waiting To Pick Up Passengers From Tri-State Area Airports
“I’m like, ‘how much longer?’ She goes, ’10.’ Like, ‘we’re not going to make it.’ She’s like, ‘do you want me to pull over?’ I’m like, ‘yeah, pull over.'” Olivia recalls.
Trooper Christopher Gesualdo showed up minutes after her friend pulled the car over and called 911.
“Just breathe, it’s almost over, almost over,’ I keep telling myself,” Olivia says. “Sigh of relief.”
A little while later, they were reunited at Saint Barnabus Hospital in Livingston and able to laugh about how a planned water birth turned into a roadside delivery.
“Quiet, perfect baby girl,” Olivia says.MORE NEWS: Taxi Driver Scared To Return To Work After Almost Being Struck By Bullet While Driving On Queens Highway
She said the baby is even more of a blessing because she was born on the 10th anniversary of her grandmother’s death, making the day much more bearable for the whole family.