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Woman gives birth on highway roadside near Glen Rose

Lacey and Jeff Smith of the Meridian area enjoy the moment after newborn girl Phoebe was delivered on the roadside of Texas 144 on July 4 south of Glen Rose. Also pictured are Phoebe’s brother, Luke, 2, and members of the Somervell County Fire Department.
Lacey and Jeff Smith of the Meridian area enjoy the moment after newborn girl Phoebe was delivered on the roadside of Texas 144 on July 4 south of Glen Rose. Also pictured are Phoebe’s brother, Luke, 2, and members of the Somervell County Fire Department. Courtesy of Somervell County Fire Department

Independence Day was extra-exciting for a Meridian-area woman who unexpectedly gave birth at the side of a highway near Glen Rose.

Lacey and Jeff Smith were trying to get to a Cleburne birthing center, but their newborn girl, Phoebe, didn’t want to wait that long.

“They made it about halfway,” said Somervell County Fire Chief Mark Crawford.

Also in the car along Texas 144 south of Glen Rose was Phoebe’s big brother, Luke, 2.

The birth went fine and the family is doing well, Crawford said.

After pulling over to the side of the road, the Smiths did most of the delivery work on their own, Crawford said. But members of the Somervell County Sheriff’s Department provided the first-responder assistance.

The family was driving a Toyota Yaris.

By the time members of the Somervell County Fire Department arrived, baby Phoebe was already delivered. But the department’s paramedics provided all the post-delivery care and made sure the family got an ambulance ride to the birthing center, he said.

The Smiths couldn’t be reached for comment, but consented to having pictures of the grand event published, Crawford said.

Officials posted an item about the exciting day on their Facebook page.

Gordon Dickson: 817-390-7796, @gdickson

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