Father who delivered baby on freeway ‘started to panic’

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Family recovers in hospital after delivering baby on highway. (Credit: Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla)

SAN DIEGO – A pregnant woman in route to Sharp Hospital in La Jolla could not wait, causing her husband to deliver their baby on the freeway Wednesday.

Eric Scheldt of Encinitas called 911 just before 6 a.m. Wednesday saying his wife, Aubrianne Scheldt, was giving birth while he was driving south on Interstate 5, a California Highway Patrol dispatcher said.

“We just tried to go as fast as we could, but the baby just came faster,” Eric Schedlt said. “Once the head started coming out, I started to panic.”

According to the dispatcher, the father pulled over on the freeway near Del Mar Heights Road to deliver the baby. He told the dispatcher, “The baby is out!”

“The baby may have been like a half way out and I reached in and gave it a little tug and she came right out,
Schedlt said.

By the time CHP officers and paramedics arrived to the spot on the freeway, the new parents’ vehicle was nowhere to be seen.

The Schedlt’s made it to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla on their own.

Aubrianne and their baby girl Iona Noel were doing fine, hospital officials said.



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