Local Woman Delivers Baby In Car On I-96

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

Little Lilah Crockett's parents aren't quite sure what to write on her birth certificate under "place of birth."

"Between 96 and 127," says mom Emily Crockett.

Emily and her husband Matt can laugh a little now, but it was what they call a surreal experience when Emily went into labor Monday morning, nine days early, and Lilah decided the 25-minute drive from Fowlerville to Sparrow Hospital was too long to wait.

"The pushing contractions came. I just thought they were normal contractions. I didn't think anything of it. I didn't think the baby was going to come out," she says.

But somewhere along the I-96 and US-127 interchange, "it was pretty much-- her head's coming out, call 911," Emily says. "I tried to get the seat to go back but it wasn't happening. She just kinda landed in the seat and I pulled her up.

"I was panicking because I'm thinking 'what do doctors do when babies come out?' They have a suction, they get them to cry. She didn't cry at all, but she was looking at me."

With dad shell-shocked, mom hands full, and baby blinking up at the world, they pulled over to a hotel on Dunckel Rd., where paramedics greeted them and gave 8-lb. Lilah a great bill of health.

"It's just a miracle that everything went so smoothly for the circumstances," mom says.

Everyone is fine now, staying at Sparrow hospital. Emily laughs that while they may have been speeding to get to the hospital, "I was buckled, though. I was buckled the whole time."

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