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Special Delivery: Baby born on I-55 at Coldwater River

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Her due date was February 16. She was born February 17 in what can only be described as a speedy delivery. Her due date was February 16. She was born February 17 in what can only be described as a speedy delivery.
Her given name is Jillian Piper Gant. Her given name is Jillian Piper Gant.

(WMC-TV) - She weighs 8.7 pounds and stretches a little more than 21 inches long, but perhaps nothing can measure a frightful and unexpected car ride for her parents.

"She's a very good baby," says her mother Beth Walls. "Very good baby."

Her given name is Jillian Piper Gant.

Her due date was February 16. She was born February 17 in what can only be described as a speedy delivery.

"She didn't want to wait," said Walls.

"It just happened oh so fast," said her father, Jarrod Gant. "All in all, it was a good, fun birth. What a tale."

Walls and Gant visited the doctor Monday morning, but it was not time. They were sent home to Senatobia.

Gant says they stopped for Chinese food, went back to the house, and hung out.

Around 3:15 p.m., Walls went into labor. As soon as Walls' six-year-old got home from school, the whole family, including their two-year-old, too, piled into the mini-van. However, their trip to Baptist DeSoto hospital made it only as far as the I-55 entrance ramp at the Coldwater River, exit 271.

"I was sitting in the car, feet on the dash," Walls said. "I was just push, push. That's all I thought about, the whole entire time, every time I felt a contraction my body started pushing so I was like I better do it too."

"She said, 'Baby, she's coming.' I said, 'Well, let's get them pants off.' And I mean as soon as we did, here she come. I had to pull over and she was here," Gant laughed. "It was scary. I've never been so scared. I was terrified."

The baby was born at 4:20 p.m. on the side of I-55 in the passenger seat of Walls' minivan. The couple says Walls put the baby to her chest, and she started crying so they wrapped her in a coat to keep her warm.

Figuring it would take longer to wait for an ambulance, Gant drove the rest of the way to the hospital. Doctors checked out both mother and baby and both are resting comfortably and recovering. The infant and her mother are expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon.

"I'm feeling great. I don't feel any pain, nothing," Walls said. "It's different. With the other two, I had to be induced. This one was all natural. Forty-minute labor, if that."

The way the baby was born is not ideal, but that's no big deal to these proud parents, who plan to call their new bundle of joy by her middle name, Piper.

That is, if she can ever outgrow a nickname earned because she just could not wait to get here.

"Coldwater River Rat," her father smiled. "It helps to have a doctor and nurse. But it can done on your own."

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