KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. -- "All of a sudden, my water broke, and I was like, ‘Uh oh. I’m really in labor,'" says Elizabeth Herzog.
On Sunday, Herzog and her husband, David, were on their way to Kittitas Valley Hospital from their home in Cle Elum, when baby Edison Clay decided to make his entrance into the world, a little more than four weeks early.
"I was like, ‘Uh, oh. He’s here,' and I could see his head and I was like, ‘Oh, no.’ And then I was like, ‘Well, we gotta do what we gotta do,’" said Elizabeth.
And that’s when she says, sitting in the passenger seat of her family SUV and 20 minutes away from the hospital, she pulled baby Edison out.
Her husband – shocked.
"I look forward to see where I’m driving and find a place where I can pull over, and I look back and my wife’s holding our baby," said dad David.
Elizabeth says in that moment, the pain of childbirth wasn’t an issue, given the circumstances.
She says she was just trying to stay strong and calm for her family, especially her three other kids who were sitting in the back of the SUV, witnessing their mom give birth to their baby brother.
"When you’re a mom, when you gotta do something, you gotta do it. You don’t have a choice; and thank goodness he’s healthy and here," said Elizabeth.
The Herzogs say first responders arrived to the area within minutes, and they were taken to Kittitas Valley Hospital, where mom and baby were found to both be healthy.
Edison weighing in at 5 pounds, 6 ounces.
In the midst of all the chaos, David says he’s proud of his wife for keeping her cool, because it was obvious to his family that he was terrified.
David said, "My wife is extremely tough and strong, because mentally, I would think most people would be freaking out, panicking, and she was the calmest one out of everyone in the car."