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.”
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.