Talk about birth announcements.
This unusual one was blasted all over social media Tuesday morning by the Michigan State Police a couple hours after baby boy Cameron was delivered by his dad off Interstate 94 near Allen Park.
"Happy Birthday is in order!" MSP tweeted on its Metro Detroit account, along with a celebratory, flashing GIF. "As we always say in police work you just never know what the next call will be!"
The father, police said, gets credit for being "uncharacteristically calm."
But, they noted, the real hero of this story, as it is with every birth, is the mom.
Good Tuesday morning and a Happy Birthday is in order! As we always say in police work you just never know what the next call will be! At 7:05 AM, Dispatcher Ruffner received a call of a mother going into labor along I 94 and M39. 1/ pic.twitter.com/PxoirbVOc1
— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) January 18, 2022
It turns out that at 7:05 a.m., on a freezing cold and windy day, a MSP dispatcher took a call that a mother was going into labor off Interstate 94 near the freeway and sent Allen Park EMTs and Metro South troopers to assist.
State Police Sgt. Brian Kross, said just as he and Trooper Brad Conner were arriving on the scene, the baby was being born. The baby, Kross said, popped out into his daddy's arms, screaming the whole time, just like you'd want a healthy newborn to do.
The parents, who had left their Van Buren home because the 35-year-old mother was having contractions, jumped into their black Ford Expedition and tried to make it to Oakwood Hospital, now called Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn.
Dad was driving, mom was in the passenger seat, and Cameron's older sister — who is maybe 5 or 6, police said — was in the back.
But, on eastbound I-94, just before they reached the freeway, mom's water broke.
So dad, 34, pulled over onto the shoulder and called 911.
Kross said the contractions were coming fast. The mother had her feet on the dashboard, the father was ready to catch the tot, and the police were left with little to do to gather up first aid supplies and offer encouragement.
"Mom was calm," Kross said, and as EMS pulled up, she said the baby was coming. "There was no pushing, no crowning, and that baby just came out and the father received the child."
Police wrapped the baby in a blanket to keep it warm, and EMS took care of the umbilical cord. The EMTs took the baby to the rig, and he was later joined by the mom. This was her third child.
Believe it or not, Kross said, it's somewhat common for babies to be born on the side of the road and for police to help.
But, he added, this was the first time he'd witnessed it.
EMS took the mom and baby the rest of the way to the hospital. Dad drove the Expedition, and the troopers followed both vehicles to make sure the family got there safe.
Kross said he didn't know baby's height or weight.
But, he added, the last update was "baby boy is healthy and named Cameron."
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Woman gives birth on I-94 with help from Michigan State Police