Alpine baby born at 100 mph

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Alpine resident Bianca Collings gave birth to her fifth baby, Charlotte Ann, while her husband Dave rushed the couple to Timpanogos Regional Hospital.

Alpine resident Bianca Collings gave birth to her fifth baby, Charlotte Ann, while her husband Dave rushed the couple to Timpanogos Regional Hospital. (Photo courtesy Collings family.)

David Collings holds his fifth child Charlotte Ann. The couple already had two boys and two girls. (Photo courtesy Collings family.)

David Collings holds his fifth child Charlotte Ann. The couple already had two boys and two girls. (Photo courtesy Collings family.)

After four kids, David and Bianca Collings had plenty of experience with labor and birth. They knew that with each child Bianca’s labor was faster. They knew that she delivered her girls about two weeks before her due date.

So on early Tuesday morning when she started having strong contractions, the couple drove from their home in Alpine to Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem, because that’s the hospital their insurance covers.

But about two hours after they got there the doctor sent them home — he said she wasn’t progressing, it had been almost seven years since her last birth and it was probably going to take longer. They made the trek back to Alpine and two minutes after getting back in bed, her water broke.

“We jumped back in the car and started driving back,” David said. About five minutes from the hospital Bianca tells him she can feel the baby coming out. David looks over, and Bianca is pulling her pants down and the baby’s head is coming out.

“I’m going like 100 mph down State Street,” he said. “I’m driving and a head is sticking out between my wife’s legs.”

They decided that instead of pulling over and delivering the baby that it would be faster to keep going, since they were so close.

Bianca reached down and helped the baby come all the way out — while they’re still driving — but her arms weren’t quite long enough and because of the sitting position she was in in the car, the baby plopped down onto the floor, David said. She reached down and picked up the baby girl and started rubbing and patting her back to get her to breathe.

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Baby Charlotte Ann surrounded by her two brothers and two sisters. (Photo courtesy Collings family)

He pulled into the emergency room entrance, slammed on the brakes and ran in for help, yelling that his wife just had a baby in the car. A doctor jumped into the car with them and drove around to the women’s center at the hospital, where they put Bianca and the new baby into a wheelchair and took them inside.

Then the hospital staff brought out towels and wipes so David could clean up their Honda minivan.

“It was really scary and crazy for a few minutes,” David said. “It was crazy, a lot of adrenaline.”

The good news — the 7 pound, 2 ounce baby girl is perfectly healthy and Bianca is recovering fast. They spent Tuesday night in the hospital and are now home together with the couple’s four children, ages 13, 11, 8 and 6.

“It’s definitely a story we’ll remember forever,” David said.

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Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

4 Comments

  1. western lady Reply

    That’s very dangerous, too bad he didn’t care about anyone else that he may have hit!!!!!!!!!!!! What about other cars or someone walking who can’t get out of his way fast enough, or dodge his car, or his wife’s potential injuries? It feels like he seems very entitled, have as many kids as his wife can push out, & everyone else just stay out of the their way, & congratulate them for overproducing & being a menace on the road. Very selfish.

  2. Yvette Reply

    Western lady your comment portrays a very cynical attitude. I am glad this family has the baby and not you. It was dangerous but he was probably also thinking it was more dangerous to pull over and maybe have complications with a birth and possibly lose his child and wife. No one knows for sure the thoughts that run through a persons mind in an emergency situation and I am sure he wasn’t purposely trying to put other people in harms way just get those he loved to a safe hospital environment. Selfish is definitely the wrong term. I wish this family the best with their new child!

  3. Bruce Reply

    western lady, you are extremely ignorant, and because you posted here, everyone knows it. Next time put your real name in so we can all avoid you, please! As for the baby, what an awesome story, we had all our kids at home. As a dad, it was a great bonding experience for our family. Glad it went well.

  4. B-Abbott Reply

    Did you see anywhare in that story that he was weaving in and out of traffic and running stop lights/signs? Cause I didn’t. Also, who are you to judge how many kids someone has? Congradulations to a new healthy baby and and a proud carring daddy. At least hes still a father to his kids and a loving faithful husband after having 5 kid’s. What has this world come to if you can’t even see a blessing and except a story for what it is. A blessing. Hope your satisfied with making an a** out of yourself. God bless.

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