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'Pull over,' wife tells husband, then gives birth on roadside

Lachlan Michael McKinnon blew into life along the side of Highway 16 in Port Orchard, Wash., Wednesday morning.

Mom Alexis and dad Bryan planned a natural birth for their second child, but they didn't expect it to be at 2:45 a.m. on the shoulder of a state highway.

With no emergency crews in attendance.

Just mom pushing and dad catching.

When your wife's in labor and she says pull over, "Pull over means RIGHT NOW!" Bryan said this afternoon during a press conference at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.

"It was just one of those things that moved a lot more quickly" than the couple imagined was possible, even after roughly four hours of labor, Alexis said.

Three years ago, daughter Delaney had put her parents through 43 hours of labor before she was born.

This time, just 10 minutes from their Port Orchard home, Alexis urgently told Bryan, "Pull over. He's coming now!"

Bryan found the shoulder at the Mullenix Road exit to be immediately suitable.

They were 18 miles and 22 minutes away from their midwife at The Birthing Inn in Tacoma. Lachlan wouldn't wait another minute.

Alexis, 37, said she felt pretty calm as the strapping 9-pound, 2-ounce, 22-inch lad with the strong Celtic name arrived in the back of their 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser.

Bryan, 33, was a bit more excited, leaning into the back of the SUV, frantically searching for a clean cloth. A 911 dispatcher jabbered through the Bluetooth in his ear.

"I saw my child's head come out first and then was looking for flash cards or anything (for help) from the 911 dispatcher," he said.

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