WHITMAN — She was only a week early, but newborn Rebecca Bennett certainly has made a grand entrance, arriving in the family car on the side of Route 27 in Whitman Tuesday morning.
In labor but not expecting such a quick delivery, her parents were driving to the hospital — as they have with their four other children, who happen to be all boys.
“We thought we could make it to the hospital but she had other plans,” said local mom Sara Bennett, in a phone interview from Signature Health Care Brockton Hospital on Wednesday morning.
They finally got their girl, who has also given them lots to talk about.
Sara told her husband to pull over as the baby was already there.
Although the delivery was “easier” for the experienced mom of five the roadside delivery was not something she would want to do again by herself, she said
“Whitman Fire/ EMS arrived and asked what we needed and I said, ‘nothing … she is already here,” Bennett recalled Wednesday morning.
Mom, dad and baby are all healthy, she added. The pink bundle of joy weighs 7 pounds 8 ounces and is 19 ½ inches long.
Calling 911, little Rebecca’s dad pulled to the side of the road so paramedics from Whitman Fire could secure the baby’s airway and cut the umbilical cord, then wrapped and transported mom and baby in the ambulance.
Bennett said the guys (Whitman firefighters) “were wonderful and so nice.”
She even found some time to post a note to the department on their public Facebook page it read:
“A special thank you to Whitman Fire/Rescue for the transport to the hospital after having my baby on the side of Route 27 in our car…they were professional and so caring!”
Chief Timothy Grenno replied on Facebook extending congratulations to the family and acknowledged the recognition of gratitude for his department members.
“With all the tragedy we and (my guys) see on a daily basis it’s nice to see a positive and heartwarming incident that really shows the qualifications and skills of our paramedics and firefighters,” said Grenno.