In the past 24 hours, two different infants were born on the side of the road to two different families, and one of them delivered by a member of the WGN News staff.
Seeping soundly in his hospital bassinet Wednesday, Alexander DeAndre Jackson fooled his first-time mother, grandmother and uncle when he refused to wait for the doctors on delivery day.
Early Tuesday, his 21-year-old mother Sharee had been suffering through contractions since the early morning hours.
They went from 8 minutes apart, to 6, to 2 minutes apart in no time. She ran for the car, but would never make it to a labor and delivery room. With her feet propped up against the window in the backseat of her car, Sharee took over as her mother continued to head for the hospital.
It happened at 1:40 p.m., just 2 blocks from Ingalls Memorial Hospital. He was 7 pounds, 5 ounces — healthy head to toe.
“It didn’t happen the way I planned, but I was very proud,” Sharee said.
At Mercy Hospital early Wednesday morning, new parents Leighann Coleman and WGN photographer Steve Segers were still in shock over their Dan Ryan delivery.
It was 1 a.m. when contractions for Coleman were coming on strong and about 3 weeks early.
They were headed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital when Leighann screamed, “the head is out!”
So Steve called 911 and pulled over on the side of the expressway. He delivered the baby girl with the help of 911 operators.
Kylie Ann Segers was breathing and blinking — not the way he and Leighann planned it, either.