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Baby couldn’t wait, born on shoulder of Tacoma freeway with troopers’ help

Washington State Patrol trooper Rob Reyer holds a newborn girl Thursday. The baby was born in the southbound lanes of state Route 509 at Portland Avenue in Tacoma. Trooper Pedro Bidot delivered the baby.
Washington State Patrol trooper Rob Reyer holds a newborn girl Thursday. The baby was born in the southbound lanes of state Route 509 at Portland Avenue in Tacoma. Trooper Pedro Bidot delivered the baby. Courtesy

The hospital was in sight but the baby wasn’t waiting.

A mother gave birth to a girl Thursday evening on state Route 509 near Portland Avenue in Tacoma.

The Washington State Patrol said Trooper Pedro Bidot helped deliver “a beautiful baby girl” at around 7:15 p.m. on the freeway.

The car, with the expectant mother’s sister and their mother inside, pulled over when the inevitable was about to happen. The State Patrol was notified by a 911 call from one of the car’s occupants, State Patrol spokeswoman Trooper Johnna Batiste said.

The birth was so quick it was over by the time Tacoma Fire personnel arrived, spokesman Joe Meinecke said. The newly expanded family was transported to a local hospital.

“We’re happy to report that Mama and baby are doing just fine,” Batiste tweeted.

Craig Sailor has worked for The News Tribune for 20 years as a reporter, editor and photographer. He previously worked at The Olympian and at other newspapers in Nevada and California.
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