“Driving under those conditions is obviously a bad idea," said David Teator of Amanda Norgaard McBride's incredible feat of delivering a baby while driving 70 miles an hour. Teator is senior director of transportation strategies and initiatives for the National Safety Council and an expert on distracted driving, Paul Stenquist reported on the New York Times' "Wheels" blog last week.
The Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer reported that McBride , 29, who was in labor, and Joseph Phillips, 33, of Bagley, Minn., were on their way to North Country Hospital in Bemidji to deliver their baby when McBride's water broke. McBride was driving; Phillips was not able to drive because of a medical condition.
Phillips thought they should pull over but McBride was anxious to get to the hospital.
Phillips steered while McBride operated the pedals of their 2005 Chevy Cobalt — and delivered the baby, their first child together (each has two other children). Joseph Dominick Phillips was born at 12:20 a.m., weighing 8 pounds. Once the family reached the hospital, McBride and little Joseph were taken into the emergency room area to finish up the birth process, Bethany Wesley reported in the Pioneer. Both mother and baby appeared to be doing well.
Chevrolet announced that it was giving the family a stroller, a safety seat, a year's supply of diapers and other baby gear to celebrate the role of the family's Cobalt in getting everyone safely to the hospital.