Baby girl born in front seat of parents' car

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

MESA, Ariz. -- It was an unconventional arrival into the world Tuesday morning for a baby girl in Mesa.

Mom, Taylor Hale, said she started having contractions around 3:45 a.m.

She quickly woke up her husband and told him they had to get to the hospital.

During what they thought would be just a quick five-minute drive to Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, the baby decided she couldn't wait and it was time to make her grand entrance.

"I would say when we turned onto Higley trying to get down the road, her head came out and at the next contraction all of her came out," Hale said.

Dad, Michael Hale, called 911 for help.

"I said to the dispatch, 'The head's out,' he said, 'Pull over,' and the next thing I knew the baby was out," Michael said.

Baby Chloe was born in the front seat of her parents' Honda Accord as they drove down a Mesa street.

"So here I am coming down Higley almost to Southern and pull off the road and in the time it took me to stop and pull over my wife is holding our baby," Michael said.

"I delivered my own baby and that's what I focused on," Taylor said.

A police officer arrived and escorted the family the rest of the way to the hospital.

"I took a lot of strength from my wife because she just put the baby to her chest and said, 'She's fine, I think she's going to be fine,'" Michael said.

Mom and baby are healthy and doing well.