FOX47 NEWS - Baby Born on Highway 51

Jeff Angileri
Jan 12, 2009, 11:22 PM

A couple of Madison school teachers got a lesson of their own this morning -- babies don't wait.

The proud parents delivered their baby girl in the car on the side of the road.

After feeling labor pains --three months before her due date --Kimberly Lodewyk and her husband Brent got into the car, and headed to the hospital. The baby didn't want to wait. So, they pulled over on Highway 51, and called for help.

Obviously she was ready, Kimberly said. I was just praying that everything would go okay. I was scared because it was so cold.

Brent said, The guy on the phone said, 'Do you see a head?' I said, 'I don't know.' he said, 'Well, check.' I said, 'I see something.'

Kimberly and Brent had to deliver the baby themselves on the side of the road, while the temperatures outside dropped to 2 below zero.

The father was talking to the emergency medical dispatcher in Dane County. He delivered the baby in the car. He used his shoe laces to tie off the umbilical cord, said Lori Schlafer, McFarland EMS Director.

When they told us to rub her back she started breathing, coughing, making little sounds. It was unbelievable, said Kimberly.

By the time McFarland EMS arrived on scene, Katerina Rose Lodewyk, was born, weighing in at only three pounds.

Kimberly said, She was just anxious to get into this world.

Mom and dad say Katerina is healthy and doing well. She'll be staying at the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Mary's Hospital while she grows and gets stronger.

She could get to go home to McFarland in 5 or 6 weeks.

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