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Amid 10-Below Temps, Maine Woman Gives Birth in Driveway -- Standing Up and Solo


"I have the baby! I have the baby!'"

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Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

GRAY, Maine (AP) — Frigid temperatures couldn't stop this delivery.

Abigail Cain was in labor and about to leave for the hospital early Friday morning when she had no choice but to give but to give birth while standing in the driveway of her home — in wind chills that reached minus-10 degrees.

Cain was alone in the driveway, waiting for her husband Joseph, who inside the house getting a bag to take to the hospital.

"At the first contraction, she started laying on the horn for her husband to hurry up," Cain's father, Steve Bronish of Rumford, told the Sun Journal.

After the second contraction she felt she had to push, Bronish said, adding that Cain had the passenger car door open and was leaning on the seat when she gave birth to a 7-pound, 5-ounce healthy baby girl named Danica AnneMarie Cain.

Abigail Cain holds daughter Danica AnnMarie Cain in one arm and her 2-year-old son, Tristan Cain, in the other arm at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine. (Photo credit: Steve Bronish)

Cain's husband Joseph came out to hear a baby crying.

"He rounded the corner and there was mom and baby, all said and done," Bronish told the Sun Journal. "Joe said she yelled to him, 'I have the baby! I have the baby!'"

The couple, who has a 2-year-old son, called an ambulance and mom and the baby were taken to the hospital. All are doing well, the Sun Journal said.

"It was 10 below out, and she had no help at all and out she came right in the driveway," Bronish said. "It's quite an amazing story. I'm pretty excited."

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