Woman Delivers Baby At Interstate 394, Penn Avenue

By James Schugel, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Plymouth mother had everything planned for a successful delivery, but her baby had different plans.

On Wednesday morning, Jabna Sanchez’ contractions got stronger and closer together. So, she called her sister-in-law, Katie Herrera-Falksen, to take her to the hospital, along with her mother.

The three piled in the car and flew down Interstate 394 from Plymouth towards Hennepin County Medical Center in downtown Minneapolis. However, even driving 75 mph wasn’t fast enough.

“It was just crazy! I can’t believe it,” Jabna said. “I just wanted to make it to the hospital. I was really nervous.”

This is where her story becomes a story that will never get old.

“When (Sanchez) said, ‘Call 911,’ I was like, ‘Oh, no! Here we go!,'” recalled Katie, who pulled off the I-394 at the Penn Avenue exit.

“I turned on my back, took off my pants, and there he was! He was coming out,” Jabna said.

“When I was pulling off, I heard the mom saying, ‘The baby’s here! The baby’s here,'” Katie recalled. “So I just quickly had to jump out, and the head was out, and I grabbed the head on the next push, took the shoulders and wrapped him up quick, and there we go.”

Katie said there was no time to get scared. Her adrenaline kicked in.

Paramedics showed up 10 minutes after delivery and took mom and her son, Enzi, who was breathing fine and crying, to Hennepin County Medical Center.

“He’s heavy — 8 pounds, 3 ounces,” Jabna said.

Once she and Enzi get home, Jabna will start telling the dramatic delivery tale.

“We’re going to tell the story over and over, and all over again,” said Jabna, smiling from her hospital bed, holding Enzi.

  • Syto

    Hope they are both doing well.
    I welcome a new life to this world. =)

  • Jovahna Ommart

    I hope they are both well. What a story to tell your child when its grown.

  • Melinda

    I hope so too! I hope I make it to the hospital for mine oh my gosh!

  • Nicole

    Coming from a mother who delivered my baby in a car last March, my heart goes out to this mother. It is certainly a crazy ordeal — mom and baby are both in my thoughts….

  • Liz

    Im happy to say that my sister in law and her new baby boy are doing very well.
    Thank you for all the good thoughts. :-)

  • Joy

    Good news!

  • Still Kick'in

    71 years ago my mother delivered me herself–in a hospital but there was no doctor there to help. When my father dropped my mother off at the hospital , and returned to the farm to finish planting corn, mother was met at the door of the hospital by a nurse/cleaning lady who told my mother not to bother her as she had the whole hospital to clean. There was no one else at the small hospital. When the nurse came with my mothers supper–I was there. Mother said–no big deal–I was the seventh child. Oh yes–my parents were running out of names so I was named after the nurse. True story!

  • Jackie

    I hope her story makes it to TLC’s Amazing Births. That was really amazing.

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