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Mom delivers baby herself on the way to hospital

Atlanta woman didn't tell fast-driving husband of the birth, so as not to cause him to crash.

By Kristin Wong Sep 4, 2013 5:49PM

Video still of Katrena Leonard with her baby she delivered on the way to the hospital (​Courtesy of WSB-TV, Atlanta)Terrance Leonard was driving more than 80 mph to rush his wife, Katrena, to the hospital in time to deliver their baby. But Baby Kylie wasn’t going to wait. Sitting in the passenger's seat, Katrena Leonard delivered the baby herself, catching the newborn in the bottom of her dress.

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“I thought I had time,” Katrena Leonard told WSB-TV in Atlanta. “I was just holding the dress with her inside so that [my husband] couldn’t see. I didn’t want him to wreck.”

Yes, she not only delivered her own baby but tried to keep the birth from her husband in order to avoid a distraction from the road. This woman's mommy skills are already on point.

Once they arrived at the hospital, the staff had a hard time believing the baby was already born.

"The nurses and everyone … they didn't believe the baby was there all of a sudden. They say, 'She's got the baby,'" Terrance Leonard said. "All Kylie was doing was just looking at her mom like, 'I'm here.'"

Welcome to the world, Baby Kylie.

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Photo: Katrena Leonard holds the baby she delivered on the way to an Atlanta hospital. (​Courtesy of WSB-TV, Atlanta)

71Comments
Sep 10, 2013 4:49PM
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Talk about a great way to save some money in a tough economy!
Sep 9, 2013 8:41PM
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As a new mom (my son was born in June), I can't even imagine delivering a child myself and in a moving car.  I realize millions of women have done this without medicine or doctor's assistance but I would not have been a good pioneer woman.  My son was born via C-section a month early and I did not go into labor. Congratulations Leonard family!
Sep 9, 2013 8:21PM
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Katrena and I have a lot in common.  I too self delivered my baby (just over 6 weeks ago) in the front passenger seat of our car whilst my husband was driving.  W e were just one block from the hospital when my husband finally pulled the car over so that I could lift my son up onto my lap.
Sep 9, 2013 4:53AM
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That's one beautiful baby.  Good job, mom!!!
Sep 9, 2013 12:51AM
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Minny moth you need to educate yourself on the meaning of what a bastard is. This article clearly says that her "husband" drove her to the hospital. Her child was not born out of wedlock. Second, the majority of people on assistance are white people.
Sep 8, 2013 6:35PM
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Black women are the strongest of our species. This is a fact. And Katrena proved it all over again!! Gone head girl, show em' how we do ; - }
Sep 5, 2013 5:58PM
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I am so glad it all worked out for them. Hope mom and baby are doing well. Mom looks happy and the baby looks healthy. congrats mom and Kylie.
Sep 5, 2013 5:44PM
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Working with a pregnant woman now...told her about this article, said "you're getting a C-section right? STEP YO GAME UP"
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