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Local mom shares how she unexpectedly had her baby on the side of Highway 178

Posted at 5:13 PM, Feb 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-07 03:01:43-05

A Lake Isabella couple has welcomed a baby girl to their family in an unexpected way.

It was Saturday evening when Sierra Monroe went into labor. She and her boyfriend Devin Marks started heading down to a Bakersfield hospital but didn't make it very far before Monroe's water broke. 

“She did not want to wait at all," Monroe said. 

Baby Skyler made her entrance into the world right then and there, on the side of the road, along Highway 178 near Borel Road. 

“I had him pull over and within like 10 to 15 minutes she was out," Monroe said. “When she came out I just kept saying, I can’t believe I just had a baby on the side of the road." 

Marks called 911 and the dispatcher walked him through what to do to deliver the baby. 

“It’s kind of hard to describe, but I was freaking out definitely," Marks said. “It was awesome not very many people can say that they delivered their own kid, so I think it was sweet.”

The chaotic evening, calmed down when the Kern County Fire Department Station 72 arrived on scene. One of the firefighters traveled down to the hospital with the new mom and baby, snapping a picture and posting it to social media once they arrived. 

Monroe and Marks said the baby is doing just fine and Marks joked,“I’d probably do it again if I could.”