An impatient father's attempt to induce his wife's labor by driving along a bumpy road nearly ended in tragedy.
Jody Samuels, 18, was one week overdue Sept. 27, and she and her husband, Benjamin, 19, were bouncing along a road southeast of Roosevelt, hoping the jostling would start contractions.Instead, Samuels got more bumps than he bargained for, lost control of the vehicle and it veered off the road and rolled 31/2 times, said Utah Highway Patrol trooper Keith Squires. The vehicle landed on its roof.
The Roosevelt couple were wearing seat belts and uninjured, and the baby remained as stubborn as before. "I remember Ben telling me to stay calm," the mother-to-be said. "At least we didn't get hurt."
As a precaution, she was transported to Duchesne County Hospital in Roosevelt for observation.
By Monday morning, physician Keith Evans decided to help nature along with more conventional methods and by evening a healthy 6-pound-7-ounce baby girl was born.
"We had been watching her pretty closely before the accident, and there were some other concerns over her amniotic fluid," Evans said. "But the accident didn't seem to affect anything."
Evans released mother and child Wednesday with a clean bill of health and a warning to ignore old wive's tales.