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Indy medics make roadside delivery after baby can't wait for the hospital

Dad had pulled over at the corner of Mass Ave. and Michigan and called 911 for help with the delivery.
Credit: Nicole Halley Richey
Nicole Halley Richey and her baby Wallace Samuel Richey along with the IEMS crews that helped with the delivery.

INDIANAPOLIS — Nikki Halley Richey, an Eskenazi Health nurse and mother of four, knew right away that her fifth baby wasn't going to wait to get to the hospital.

Richey went into labor Nov. 6, two days before her scheduled induction date. She and her husband were on the way to the hospital when she realized they weren't going to make it.

"Within about a mile after leaving our house, my water broke. We realized the baby's coming. There was no way we're going to make it up to labor and delivery before the baby was coming," Richey said.

Dad pulled over at the corner of Mass Ave. and Michigan and called 911. Medics rushed to help and just 11 minutes after the 911 call, Wallace Samuel Richey was born in the couple's minivan.

"They calmed me down and said, 'Tell us when you're ready to push.' It took a couple pushes and baby Wallace was in the world in the front seat of the car," Richey said.

There is a policy of only one patient per ambulance, so Richey took a photo out the back window of hers, showing the ambulance carrying her new baby.

Credit: Nicole Halley Richey
Richey took a photo from her ambulance back at the one carrying her new baby.

At the hospital, mom and baby Wallace were reunited, and they all took a picture to remember the exciting delivery.

Wallace weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and everyone is healthy.  

Credit: Nicole Halley Richey
Wallace Samuel Richey weighed 7lb 8oz and is healthy.