Woman Gives Birth on Interstate During Presidential Gridlock

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President Obama's visit to Louisville, Kentucky, took an unexpected turn for a pregnant woman who was stuck in traffic caused by the presidential motorcade.

The woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy Thursday in rush-hour gridlock on Interstate 65, NBC affiliate WAVE 3 reported.

"There was a woman that was in labor in the back seat of her car. They couldn't get through due to the traffic from the motorcade," Courtney Maloney, a Louisville MetroSafe EMS worker who delivered the baby, told WAVE 3.

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The woman was not identified. A nurse, who was also stuck in the traffic, helped to deliver the baby, the station reported. The two were transported to the hospital.

"I pretty much had to ride the emergency lane all the way down," Maloney told the station.

MetroSafe said it received a call that the woman was in labor at 5:25 p.m. local time, as the president's motorcade was traveling from the airport to downtown Louisville. Obama had been in town to speak at a Louisville-based tech company that's participating in a jobs initiative he recently unveiled.

The mother and baby are doing well, WAVE 3 reported.

"She did say it was a story she would never forget," Maloney said.


— Elizabeth Chuck