They never thought that they will have two babies on the side of the road, but they did.
Before a very pregnant Siobhan Anderson living in Amityville, New York, left her home in the morning to deliver her baby twin boys, her mother said, "You better not give birth in the Northern State Parkway.” She did not.
She gave birth on two other roads in Long Island, the Southern State Parkway and the Wantagh State Parkway. Siobhan and Bryan Anderson expected to welcome their twin babies on Friday, but Siobhan water broke around 5:30 am Saturday morning, almost a full week early, said Bryan.
Following the advice of their doctor to not rush or panic, they took their time and got into the car around 7 am. Siobhan said she felt a strong contraction, and suddenly she felt the baby's head, just minutes after that she was on the Southern State Parkway. She told her husband that she would have to deliver the twins right there on the side of the road.
"She kept shouting, The babies are coming," he said. I was like, “I think we have time to at least reach the hospital.”
They did not have time to reach the hospital.
Siobhan told Bryan to stop near Exit 30, where he called 911. Once the paramedics arrived, Siobhan said she could not move from the car because she was "holding the baby inside her," but they did not believe her because most births, including emergency births, are not immediate, he said.
"They were helping her out of the car and onto the stretcher and that was when Gavin was born," he said. "Born right here on the Southern State Parkway."
It was 7:35 a.m. Gavin was 6 pounds, 12 ounces.
"As soon as I moved, he came out," she laughed. "He was born at 7:35 am in the outdoors."
Once they delivered the first baby of Siobhan, EMTs put her into the ambulance. The plan was to drive to the nearest hospital in time for her second child to be delivered.
Meanwhile, Bryan returned to his car and followed the ambulance, calling his brother-in-law to calm down.
"I thought at the time that this is the way it used to go down back in the day," he said, adding that seeing his wife go through childbirth by surprise, without pain medication was "scary."
But less than 10 minutes later, the ambulance stopped on Wantagh State Parkway.
Confused, Bryan said he jumped out of the car. EMT said, "baby number two" was coming, and let him in through the back door of the ambulance.
At 7:46 a.m. Declan was born at 5 pounds, 15 ounces.
"I sat right behind her," he said. "It was an amazing experience." They entered the Nassau University Medical Center with two babies in hand.
"We were in shock," said Siobhan. "I'm still in shock that this happened. I cannot believe I could do that."
He said the scariest part was that she knew she had to give birth naturally, although she thought she needed an epidural before she left the house.
Siobhan, Gavin and Declan will be able to return home on Friday to be with Dad and his older brother, Dylan.