Ariz. Trooper Helps Mom Give Birth in Her Car

Miguel Rincon was dealing with a speeding driver when more pressing matters arose
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2015 11:36 AM CST
Ariz. Trooper Helps Mom Give Birth in Her Car
This photo taken Saturday shows Courtney Benavidez taking a selfie while holding her newborn after giving birth in a car on the side of the road near Bisbee, Ariz.   (Courtney Benavidez via AP)

Miguel Rincon was trying to settle up a speeding violation Saturday on a highway outside Bisbee, Ariz., when things went in a totally unexpected direction. A car pulled up behind him, and the driver told Rincon that her granddaughter was about to give birth, the AP reports. But Courtney Benavidez couldn't wait for an ambulance—that baby was coming right there in her car. Rincon alerted medics and rushed back to his patrol car to get gloves and blankets, per KSAZ. But by the time he returned to the pregnant mom, she was no longer pregnant. Little Carter Jett—so named for his super-speedy entrance—had arrived.

"I just knew there was no stopping him coming," Benavidez tells Tucson News Now, explaining that her husband was out of town because the baby wasn't due for another two weeks. "He made his debut … on the side of the road." As for Rincon, he tells the AP he's had no official training in birthing babies, but "I do have three kids of my own, so that kind of makes me a little familiar with the process." He also let the speeding driver go. (At least she knew the baby was on its way—this Massachusetts woman had no clue.)

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