This is the kind of situation that doesn’t fit anyone’s birth plan. On Tuesday a woman gave birth on the side of Route 100 in Howard County while a 911 dispatcher gave instructions to the child’s father. After the birth, emergency workers showed up to cut the umbilical cord and delivery the new family to the Anne Arundel County Medical Center, which is where they were heading before they pulled over.

While this kind of birth story is less than ideal — to say the least — it’s important to remember (just as I pointed out when a woman gave birth in a BWI bathroom) that a baby who gets herself born before you can make it to the hospital is usually a perfectly healthy baby.