JACKSONVILLE, Ill., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- An Illinois woman says she and her newborn are doing well after the woman's boyfriend helped deliver the baby inside a car along Interstate 72.
Shaniece Holeman, 27, of Jacksonville, Ill., said she had planned to give birth to her daughter, Taegan, by Cesarean section on Jan. 4 but she went into labor Monday while out shopping with her boyfriend, the Springfield (Ill.) State Journal-Register reported.
"This is stuff you read about happening," Holeman told the newspaper from her room at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. "I never thought I'd be giving birth in a car."
Holeman said she and her boyfriend, 24-year-old Justin Howell, were driving towards Springfield when she realized the baby was about to arrive.
Howell pulled over and called 911. Emergency dispatchers successfully talked him through the delivery and firefighters arrived minutes after the child was born. The baby is doing just fine, said Holeman, who has two other children.