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CHP cop helps woman in labor on freeway

May 13, 2009 8:44:11 AM PDT
A California Highway Patrol officer found himself in the right place at the right time to help one young pregnant woman on Tuesday night.CHP officer DeShawn Cobbs was ready when a car pulled up to the maintenance closure on the San Bernardino (10) Freeway at Alameda near downtown Los Angeles.

The driver yelled that her sister was in labor in the backseat and couldn't make it to the hospital.

Cobbs saw the woman in obvious pain and had her lay down in the car with her legs facing toward him.

He said he saw the baby's head starting to protrude right away. One push from the mother, and the head came out. One more push, and the little girl was born.

It was all over in two minutes.

"I've been in the delivery room with both of my sons being born, but it's nothing like actually having to deliver one yourself. You're the one that's actually catching the baby, especially in a atmosphere such as the 10 Freeway," Cobbs said.

Apparently, delivering babies is one of the things police officers have to face from time to time, and they are trained for it.

Cobbs admitted he was nervous, but said he just followed his training.

The mother and baby completed the trip to the hospital in an ambulance, and both are reported to be in good shape Wednesday morning.

Residents of Los Angeles spend most of their lives on the freeway, but this baby got an early start.

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