Baby born in vehicle on I-64 eastbound in Chesapeake

Posted at 8:12 AM, Mar 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-18 14:31:25-04

Chesapeake, Va. -Rush hour has a whole new meaning for one area family.

On Monday, March 16 the Stonis family was forced to pull over on I-64 eastbound in Chesapeake near the High Rise Bridge when Stephanie's Stonis' water broke. With traffic building on the roadway, she knew she wouldn't make it to the hospital in time. Instead, she and her husband pulled over to the side of the road and delivered their son, Paul Mark Anthony Stonis.

“When we got onto the High Rise Bridge was when I felt my water break and I knew that I needed to push,” Stephanie Stonis said.

“I’m saying no, no, no don’t push. The baby’s gotta stay in we can’t deliver this baby on the highway or in the car. We need to make it to the hospital,” Mark recalled.

But at that point, it was too late for the couple who had stopped to drop off their children before they headed to the hospital.

“Once she said she had to push, I knew we were still 20 or 25 minutes away from the hospital. I kind of had to give up and give in. I was afraid about what was going to happen. I’ve never delivered a baby before.”

The couple used a blanket they found in the car and a shoelace to tie their newborn’s umbilical chord.

“My wife was very levelheaded. She thought about calling 911, which I didn’t think of. And getting the shoestring which was obvious right in front of my face, but I totally missed it,” Mark said.

Emergency crews eventually arrived and took mom and the newborn to the hospital.