Baby Born On Side Of The Road After Ice Storm

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Tuesday’s icy start impacted a lot of commutes, but none was quite like the Strasser family’s.

Alex DeMetrick reports the weather was slowing driving, just as a birth was speeding up.

Traffic was moving well enough Tuesday afternoon on I-97, but at 5 a.m., Matt Strasser, his pregnant wife and their 18-month-old son were trying to get to the Annapolis Medical Center in icy conditions.

“I was going to keep on going, but she was quite insistent.  `Pull over now!’  She feels the head and so we did and called 911,” Matt said.

“The baby is coming out,” he told the dispatcher.

Dispatcher:  “The baby is coming out?”
Matt:  “The baby is coming out.  The head is coming out, the head is starting to come out.”
Dispatcher:  “OK.”
Matt:  “Oh my God, the head is coming out.  The head is coming out.  OK, OK, OK, all right.”
Dispatcher:  “OK, Matt, I need you to calm down, OK?”
Matt:  “I got it, I got it, I got it!  Oh my God, oh my God, I’m holding the baby in one hand.”
Dispatcher:  “Is the baby breathing?”
Matt:  “Yes.  Yes, the baby’s crying.  OK, the baby’s crying.  The baby’s out and my wife is holding the baby.”

Matt and Dayita Strasser had a healthy seven pound, two ounce baby boy.

The Strassers have settled on a name for their new baby, but unlike its very public arrival, they want to keep that name private for now.

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