Baby girl born on side of highway amid Thanksgiving traffic

Posted at 6:32 AM, Nov 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-25 06:36:17-05

A New York couple made an unexpected pit stop on the way to the hospital this Thanksgiving, giving birth to a healthy baby girl on the side of a highway amid the rush of holiday traffic.

Terrice Thomas says she's heard all those stories about women giving birth on the side of the road, but never expected to be one of them, she told WABC, a local affiliate.

She and the baby's father, Austin Thomas, were on a highway in Yonkers when she realized the baby just couldn't wait.

"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 WABC.

"I saw the baby's head; the baby's head was out. 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,'" said Austin.

Terrice gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Taliah in the front seat.

Firefighters arrived on the scene soon after, checked Taliah's vital signs and cut her umbilical cord.

The whole family is doing well at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, New York.