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Deputy, paramedics help deliver twins along I-65


Some things just can't wait, as was the case with the arrival of newborn twins last week along the side of a busy Middle Tennessee interstate.

The healthy baby girls are now resting at home, but it was a wild ride that chilly morning for their mother and those who responded to help.

"I-65 babies, oh my," said their mother, Anne Howard.

Howard woke up just before midnight Feb. 28 and felt her contractions starting. The first thing she did was call her husband, who was away on business in Kentucky.

"He just kind of yelled at me to call my mom. 'Wake your mother up. Go to the hospital,'" Howard said.

After her mother arrived for the ride to the hospital, and her mother-in-law arrived to take care of Howard's two older boys, it was time for the frantic race to Baptist Hospital.

"Mom said, 'don't push!'" Howard said.

They hit 90 mph on Interstate 65 when they saw flashing blue lights in the rearview mirror just past Moore's Lane.

Dashcam video from the sheriff's deputy's car shows just how quickly time was running out.

"The baby's head is crowning," the deputy is overheard saying.

The deputy got an ambulance on the scene in fewer than five minutes. It arrived with just about one minute to spare.

Little Brooklyn arrived at 1:40 a.m. and Heidi came just five minutes later.

Howard said she is so grateful for the five men who helped her deliver the healthy babies, especially Williamson County paramedic Michael Cooke.

"He said, 'I did not deliver your babies. I caught them,'" Howard said.

"So many things could have gone wrong, and it all went so right," said Howard's mother, Lynn Power.

The babies weren't expected until Monday, and Power did not get a ticket for speeding.

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