Mom gives birth beside road when baby won't wait


by Jason Volentine

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Posted on August 27, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 27 at 8:40 AM

MESA and TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mothers love to tell stories about their children, and a mom from Mesa has a whopper – giving birth to her seventh baby on the side of a road.

Patricia Galvan was already in labor as she and several family members were speeding down the Loop 202 in Tempe on the way to the hospital on Aug. 16.

“We were on the way there and it felt like I was going to have to push and I was like, ‘Oh no,”’ Galvan recalled.  

Galvan, her husband, David, and several family members were on the way from their home in Mesa to Indian Medical Center when Patricia realized she wasn’t going to make it.  More accurately, she realized her baby wasn’t going to wait.

“I’m in the back seat, yeah, and as I’m lying down the head is coming out,” Patricia said.

Her husband started making the delivery while her 16-year-old sister-in-law called 911.

“My brother [the dad] was freaking out and everybody else who had phones – I guess they were panicking and I guess I had to make the call,” Julisssa Ferman explained.

The 911 operator walked the family through the delivery, and in the back seat of a dirty work truck, David Galvan III entered the world.

“I opened my eyes.  I’m pushing.  I’m like, ‘No, I can’t do this.  Not now.  It’s not clean back here.'  And [my husband’s] like, ‘No, don’t push.  Just wait.  The ambulance is coming.’  And I opened my eyes and the baby was out.  It was literally that quick,” Galvan said.

Patricia’s oldest, Alicia, got to cut the umbilical cord.

“I think it’s cool because I think [this baby is] the last one.  So I got to help with one,” Alicia said.

Galvan concurs that David is definitely her last child.  Last, but certainly not least.

“He had to make his mark," she said. "He had to stand out above everyone.”