Last updated: 11:08 AM ET, Fri November 25 2016

Thanksgiving Traffic Forces Mother to Give Birth on Side of Highway

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving Traffic Forces Mother to Give Birth on Side of Highway

Photo: A New York couple and their miracle baby. (Photo via @ABC)

On Thursday, a New York couple en route to the hospital became stuck in Thanksgiving traffic and was forced to give birth to their baby girl on the side of the highway.

According to The Associated Press, the mother, Terrice Thomas, was driving to the hospital with the baby’s father, Austin Thomas, when they became stuck in traffic on a highway in Yonkers, New York.

Terrice realized that she was not able to wait any longer, and the couple pulled over to the side of the road.

“We pulled over, he called 911, they started to walk him through what to do, and I'm like, 'I'm here, I'm over here,' I called out to the dispatcher, 'I'm here, I'm over here, the baby's coming,'” Terrice told The AP.

“I saw the baby's head; the baby's head was out,” Austin told The AP. “So he was saying to me, 'Listen the baby's going to be slippery, you got to catch it. Don't let it fall, you got to catch the baby.’”

While on the phone with emergency personnel, Terrice gave birth to a healthy baby girl in the front seat of their vehicle. The mother named her new child Taliah.

Shortly after the baby was out of her mother’s womb, firefighters arrived on the scene and checked the baby’s vital signs and cut her umbilical cord. Terrice and Taliah were transported to Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, New York, where they are doing well.

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