Born On The Run

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 10:13am

Baby arrives on the side of the highway when parents can't reach hospital.

A Gresham, Oregon family’s baby boy was apparently so eager to arrive that his mom gave birth on the side of I-205 eight days before his due date.

“I knew I wasn’t going to make it,” Katherine Thayer said, as she rested afterward in her hospital room at Southwest Washington Medical Center.

When Katherine started to have contractions, she thought it was false labor and opted to wait it out.

But by 8:45 that morning, “They kept getting worse and worse. We were heading to the hospital,” she said.

Then, only a few minutes later, “We were on the freeway and I was trying so hard to just wait and then my water broke.”

“That’s when I started getting concerned that I may be delivering this baby in this car,” Thayer’s husband, Jeff explained.

Katherine said she couldn’t hold back anymore and actually started pushing when they were still on I-84.

“Getting a little bit further she says, ‘I think I can feel the head,’” Jeff recalled.

Alina Palmer, the family’s midwife, had been following the Thayers in her own car.

When the Thayer’s pulled over, she did too.

“I ran up to their car,” Palmer said. “Probably from the time I left the car to when the baby was delivered, was three minutes.”

Little Noah Thayer was born on Valentine’s Day, just two exits short of the hospital.

Their little bundle of love weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces.

“It’s just so fitting on Valentine’s Day, when you’re supposed to demonstrate your love the most, you have your baby born,” Jeff said with a big smile.

But that doesn’t mean Jeff wants to go through it ever again.

“The second child, the last child. We’re done,” he said.

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