This story was updated 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15.
A woman who gave birth on the side of Interstate 270 during rush hour on Thursday and her baby are doing just fine, fire and rescue officials confirmed.
The baby girl was born near the Route 118 exit on southbound I-270 just before the county’s fire and rescue personnel arrived on the scene, said Assistant Chief Scott Graham. Maryland State Police were also on the scene, he confirmed.
Germantown Volunteer Fire Department firefighter and paramedic Michael Barclay said the station’s communications department received a call Thursday at 6:12 a.m. for a patient in labor. By the time Barclay arrived, the patient had just given birth, he said. Barclay confirmed the call came from a second adult driving the vehicle.
Barclay said paramedics cut the umbilical cord after ensuring that the baby and mother were healthy and safe. While he has responded to calls about patients in labor before, Barclay said this was the first time he had been part of a delivery on the road.
“This was actually pretty easy compared to working on an accident,” Barclay said. “...The key was to keep the baby clean and warm, and make sure the mom was fine.”
Adventist Health Care tweeted Thursday morning that the “mom and baby girl” are “doing fine,” using hashtags about Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Shady Grove Adventist Birth Center. The hospital’s media relations department confirmed the woman and her baby had checked into Shady Grove and are doing well. Neither Graham nor Barclay would disclose the names of the mom and baby.