Woman Gives Birth Along Interstate



By Aaron Hepker

ANKENY, Iowa — While most babies are born in a hospital, an Ames baby will one day be able to tell his friends he was born in a Cadillac.

Jarret Steven Hovick gave his parents quite a scare Saturday night as he was born early and on the side of Interstate 35 in Ankeny. His mother’s labor lasted just two hours from beginning to end.

"I just kept repeating over and over, 'Something is not right. This is going too fast,'" new mom Rebecca Hovick.

Her husband, Steven Hovick, sped out of Ames down Interstate 35 in a metaphorical race with his son.

“I kept saying, ‘I have to push, I have to push,’ and he was like, ‘No, you have to make it to the hospital, your water hasn't broken yet, we still have lots of time,'” Rebecca Hovick said.

Rebecca said she felt the contractions really speed up just as they were barreling past exit 102 near Huxley.

“And then I could feel the baby just start to push out. I am like, “He is coming, he's coming and I need to push,” Rebecca said.

“And I am going , “No you can't. Hold on, don't!” Steven said. “She just kept screaming louder and louder and I've got to get 911 on the phone to figure out what the next step is.”

Dispatch told the Hovicks to pull over. Steven stopped, but the baby sped up.

“There was the head and I just remember telling the lady – “No I think I am delivering the baby right now!” he said.

On the First Street exit ramp to Ankeny, Steven Hovick delivered his son.

“I just got over there and I could see his head was starting to come out. I asked her if she could push and she said she was pushing. And it looked then like something was stuck and so I tried to reach my hand up to get his shoulder to pull him out. She hit me to get me out of the way, like you are not going to do that!” he said.

“I just yelled at her one last time to push - and we pulled him out. Out he came,” Hovick said.

“He was pink and crying - he handed him to me and put him up to my chest,” Rebecca explained.

Jarret Steven made it before police, paramedics and the hospital.

“You don't ever imagine you're going to deliver a baby in the front seat of your car,” Rebecca said.

Jarret weighed 8 pounds, 2.9 ounces, and was 19.25 inches long.

Dad lost the race, but gained one incredible story to tell his son when he's older.

“Yes it was intense, it was painful - then you have this little miracle that you will always have - it was perfect and beautiful - even though it was in a car,” Rebecca Hovick said.

Both mom and baby were taken to Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines for treatment, but were allowed to go home on Monday.

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