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Woman gives birth on I-270 before morning rush

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Atticus Noland was born Friday morning in a most unusual place: the side of an interstate highway in Maryland.

"I'm very relieved," says a proud father, John Noland. "I'm very overjoyed and I feel blessed. My wife and my son are healthy and we're all doing well."

"Actually, with our first child, it was almost the same way and we got here just in time," Ann Noland explained from her hospital bed at Shady Grove Adventist in Rockville. "So, I thought with this one, we'll make it just in time. And no, no, it didn't work out."

Ann says she knew they were in trouble during their ride to the hospital from Adamstown in Frederick County. But says she didn't panic.

"I said to (John), 'I think the baby's coming' because I felt something pop down there. So I said, 'I think something's coming.' And he immediately, I think, crossed three lanes of traffic onto the side of the road and hopped out. I just started pushing and he caught. Just like that."

"My wife did all the work," John says. "I was just there to catch him and make sure he came out okay."

Only after delivering their son did John call 911.

"I think I was scared at first," Ann says. "I know I saw my husband move the chord from around (the baby's) neck. And I saw his toes looked a little blue. So you're nervous, you're nervous at first, but he was crying, made some noises, and I was just holding him against my body and, you know, just loving him."

John used some twine he found in the trunk of their car to tie off the umbilical cord. The EMTs cut the cord and rushed mom and bay - all 9 pounds, 7 ounces - to the emergency room.

"We usually have two to four a year babies that are born outside of the hospital," says clinical nurse manager Amber Richter. "It's a little unusual that dad delivers them in the car. But (the father) did awesome. He did everything completely right, and when they got to us, they were in absolutely perfect condition."

Named after the heroic lawyer in Harper Lee's classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," Atticus Noland has a brother and sister, John and Genevieve, waiting at home -- and a wild story to tell one day, again and again.

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