Baby is born on Interstate 5 in Seattle … at 72 mph!

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SEATTLE -- Going into labor is stressful for any parent. But what happens when you're it booking down the highway and your baby just can't wait?

"We got in the car. We started going and then hit traffic, stop-and-go traffic, all the way to Seattle," said Isaac Barnes, the father.

In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Isaac put the pedal to the metal, trying to get his wife, Amanda Buck, to the hospital in time.

Amanda did her best to try to keep the baby at bay.

"I was thinking that I need to hold her in, and not let it come out, but it only ended up being three pushes," Amanda said from her hospital bed Friday.

"I thought, hey, since traffic is so bad," Isaac said, "let's just get on the express lanes cause the exit is just up ahead to get the hospital. So we get on the express lanes and then right after we got on, she's like, 'Oh my God, it's coming, it's coming.'"


Baby Lucy was born into her mother's hands -- 7 pounds, 2 ounces -- while her father was driving at 72 mph in the express lane. While dad called 911, mom's instincts kicked in.

"I just brought her up onto my stomach, made sure to give her skin-to-skin (contact) and then 911 told us to pinch the cord," Amanda said.

Paramedics met the family at the next exit, then saw them off to the hospital.

"I was planning on going natural anyway," Amanda said.

Lucy Diamond Barnes was born just one hour, 25 minutes after labor started.

And now she has a story to tell for the rest of her life.



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