Baltimore -- Baby Avery Kroner was born at 2:43 a.m. on Nov. 21. She weighed six pounds and twelve ounces at the time of her birth.
Only she was not born at a hospital, her house, or any medical facility.
"'You're the ones who had the baby on the side of the road, right?' Yeah, that's us," Avery's mother, Megan, said from her postpartum room Wednesday.
Megan was evaluated Monday night at Ascension Saint Agnes Hospital in Southwest Baltimore. As soon as she returned to her Westminster home, intense contractions began, she said.
"And, we were on the Beltway and my water broke," she said. "Our firstborn came so quickly."
Her husband, Kevin, had called the hospital, then 911.
"They (dispatchers) were trying to keep me calm and get me to keep her calm," Kevin said. "The first cop on scene was actually on his way to Wawa to get breakfast. He pulled up to ask if we were OK and I was, like, 'Nope. We're having a baby, man.'"
Kevin ultimately caught Avery in the front seat of their Jeep Cherokee.
"She was out and in my hands before the ambulance could get there," Kevin said.
Paramedics cut the cord and the Kroners returned to the hospital as a family of three hours after leaving Monday night.
"I remember the look on everybody's face when we came off the elevator was just like…" Megan paused to form an expression. "You can see it in movies and TV, but it doesn't actually happen in real life. But here we are to say that it can!"
Kevin said nothing can prepare you for delivering your child.
"Being able to be there and be that big of a part of it, it was a totally different feeling—definitely a special bond," he said.
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