- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - A 20-year-old northern Michigan woman says she planned to give birth to her second child at a hospital and not on the shoulder of Interstate 75.

But her rapid labor dictated otherwise, and Katie Pfeiffer delivered in a Ford Windstar minivan, with her 21-year-old husband, Dustin, and 17-year-old friend Morgan Dame helping out Tuesday morning.

The Saginaw News (http://bit.ly/NYmAXG ) says William Pfeiffer arrived at 7 pounds, 8 ounces and 19.5 inches long. Mother and baby were in good health, it said. The couple also has a daughter, Hayden, 2.

Katie Pfeiffer said her contractions were light when they began at 3 a.m.

“They were kind of scattered, so I wasn’t - usually, you wait until they get into a pattern or until they’re so many minutes apart,” she said. “So we didn’t end up leaving the house until about 6, and by then my contractions were about four minutes apart.”

The 65-mile drive from their home in West Branch to Saginaw’s Covenant HealthCare normally takes about 80 minutes, she said. That could have been enough time if her water hadn’t broken.

Dustin Pfeiffer said he called 911.

“And then she said, ‘The baby’s coming,’” he said. “After I had called 911, I pulled over … and I was talking to the operator.”

He set out again, but the 911 operator told him to pull over and await an ambulance. He did so, and the baby quickly emerged. He and Dame wrapped William in old clothes to keep him warm, and the ambulance soon came and took mother and baby to the hospital.

“Everything turned out perfectly, so we’re so thankful,” Katie Pfeiffer said. “The Lord was definitely watching over us, helping us, you know, to have a healthy baby on the side of the road.”


Information from: The Saginaw News, http://www.mlive.com/saginaw