Dick Uliano, wtop.com
WASHINGTON -- A Northern Virginia mother-to-be planned to deliver her baby this morning in the comfy confines of the hospital -- but sometimes babies don't wait.
Jean-Paul Bergeaux of Leesburg says things happened very quickly this morning as he rushed his pregnant wife to the hospital.
"At 6:45 she went from, ‘I think I have some contractions' to, 'Oh my gosh I'm in labor!'" says Bergeaux, speaking from his wife's room at the Reston Hospital Center.
Bergeaux and his wife, Sarah, figured the fastest route to Reston Hospital Center was east on the Dulles Toll Road. However, that route was not quite fast enough.
Jean-Paul says he was driving as fast as he could with his hazard lights flashing as he sped to the hospital.
"At 7:03 we were a mile away from the Reston exit and she said, ‘I'm having the baby now, pull over!'" Bergeaux says.
Sarah gave birth to a baby girl on the side of the road. A responding ambulance crew completed the trip with mom and baby to Reston Hospital Center.
"They weren't able to make it all the way to the hospital when the baby decided to come into the world, so they pulled over, smartly, and delivered the baby," says Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Spokesman Rob Yingling.
"Our fire and rescue units arrived shortly thereafter to find a healthy baby girl."
The hospital says mom and the baby are happy and healthy; they named the girl Noelle. It's the couple's second child.
Jean-Paul is apologetic about tangling traffic on the Dulles Toll Road during the morning rush hour.
"I hope people understand I am really sorry for the traffic we caused. I watched the emergency people shut down a good portion of the toll road and I'm so sorry for everybody's commute," he says.
Yingling says the delivery was an exciting start to the week for the ambulance crew dispatched from Dulles International Airport.
"It certainly was a great way to pick up their Monday morning and they were pleased to start their day this way."
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