Stories of babies being born in cars on the way to the hospital are well-known, but one couple recently had to deliver their baby in a pretty terrifying situation: on the shoulder of a busy highway in Dickson, Tennessee.
When the Crumley’s daughter, Isabella, began making her entrance into the world too rapidly to make it to the hospital in time, Bridgette’s husband, Bryan, pulled over on highway 46 and dialed 911.
“She just started coming out,” Crumley shared with FOX 17. “My water didn’t even break.”
Crumley describes experiencing labor while packed into a car with her husband, three-year-old son, and mother-in-law, as “scary,” understandably so!
With a lightning-fast response time, however, City of Dickson police officer Sierra Reprogal arrived on the scene to lend a hand to the terrified mom.
“My mother-in-law was praying and that’s when she showed up like an angel,” Crumley said. She added that Officer Reprogal had steel nerves and was “just going to work like she had done this before. She never left my sight and just started to grab and pull while I pushed.”
The Crumley’s baby girl was delivered safely and found wrapped in her mother’s arms when EMS arrived on the scene.
“So very thankful for Sierra Reprogal for stepping up and delivering our little baby girl. ” Crumley said in a Facebook post announcing her daughter’s miraculous birth. “So now there is a change of plans. Instead of Isabella Marie Crumley it is now Isabella Sierra Marie Crumley.”
Officer Reprogal also took to social media to share the exciting announcement, as well as to thank her fellow responding officers and their dispatcher, describing the incident as “one of the best things I’ve ever done or been a part of.”
“[Isabella] is absolutely gorgeous and Bryan and Bridgette Crumley did soooo good!! You both are unbelievably strong! It means so much that you guys decided to add my name to her beautiful name,” she added. “Thank you for that!”
“I was freaking out a little bit, but I knew I couldn’t just sit there and think about it, so I did what I knew had to be done to make sure the baby and the mama were okay,” Reprogal said to FOX 17. “I’ll definitely remember it for the rest of my life.”