I-91 is known for traffic, but Friday morning it was also home to a highway birth.
Curt Walker was racing to St. Francis Hospital but had to pull over to help his wife Natalie deliver their baby.
He dialed 911 and was connected to State Police Dispatcher Paula Freeman.
The entire birth was recorded in a nine minute phone call.
“It’s still a blur,” said father Curt Walker.
“It’s a unique experience to have your child born on the highway,” said Dispatcher Paula Freeman.
Freeman guided Walker through the birth, first telling him to pull over and then to attend to his wife.
Freeman has helped three families give birth, and they’re all unique. Holding back tears she described her favorite moment from the experience.
“When I told dad that it was 3 o’clock and he started to feel it, then I started to lose it too,” she said.
The baby girl, Rian, was born at 3 a.m. and weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces.
This was not the Walkers’ first child, but it was certainly their most unusual birth.
When the family later arrived at St. Francis, they were showered with gifts from State Police and the Wethersfield Volunteer Fire Department.
Following the birth Curt Walker and Freeman spoke to each other over the phone again. Walker thanked Freeman for her help.