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: 18-Year-Old Saadiq Teague Arrested After Being Spotted With AK-47 At Times Square Subway Station
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: COVID Vaccine In New York: Walk-In Appointments Offered To All New Yorkers Over 50 At City-Run Sites
“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: Discarded Tombstone Spotted On Empty Lot Raising Questions In Paramus
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.