Thursday, 18 July 2019 18:07

Mom: 'Don't pull over,' Baby born in truck Featured

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OLD TOWN - One of the state's newest residents was in a rush to arrive and came into this world while his dad drove down the highway.

When Benjamin Matthew Gould is asked where he was born, his answer will be around mile marker 195 on Interstate 95 in Old Town.


“We left here about 9:15 a.m., got on the highway and about [mile marker] 195 that's when I told my husband my water broke and moments after that the baby just came out,” said Millinocket mother Jocelyn Steeves-Gould.


“He was still driving down the highway and I said, 'I feel something' and he's like, 'I can see the head' so I just pushed once and he came right out,” she added later.


“As soon as I saw the head, I said, 'Yea, he's coming,' Ben Gould recalled. “Near [mile marker] 196 that was when he was just starting to come out. By [mile marker] 195 he was there.”


Their son arrived Monday at about 10:10 a.m. He weighed 6 pounds and 7 ounces.


Ben Gould was driving the couple's newly purchased Chevy Silverado south towards Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.


The father of three said he was concentrating on “just getting him out and making sure he didn't fall on the floor there. I had one had on the wheel and one hand kind of guiding him into her arms."


“As soon as he did come out, the cord was kind of loosely around his neck so we had to flip him around to get it off his neck and then she got him right into her arms,” Gould said later.


“She told me, 'Don't pull over, keep going. Get to the hospital,'” he said.


After the baby was born, Ben Gould said he immediately got on the phone with 911.


“We were already like eight miles away from the exit so they just told us to kept going,” his wife said.


Hospital staff who responded to the arriving truck at the emergency room entrance took Ben's cellphone and photographed the new arrival, his parents and the truck.


The couple moved from Massachusetts to Millinocket in September 2016. She's a stay-at-home mom, and he works at Millinocket Fabrication & Machine. Their son is their third child.


“The two girls definitely put me in labor for more than 12 hours so with him it was very quickly,” Steeves-Gould said.


Both mother and child are doing great, her husband said.

Nit-Noi Ricker

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Nit-Noi Ricker is an Army brat who grew up on a farm in Winterport. She went to the University of Maine and the University of Northern Texas to learn how to be a journalist and started her career in Arizona at the Williams-Grand Canyon News, ...

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