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Justin Forsett almost had to deliver baby in car after wife goes into labor


Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett experienced a very close call after his wife went into labor in the couple’s car on Saturday. In fact, time became such a pressing issue that Forsett nearly had to deliver his own child while pulled over on the side of the road. During a blizzard.

In the end, despite the frightening proposition of delivering his own child, everything worked out splendidly as the two ultimately made it to the “Birthing Center” where his wife Michelle delivered the couple’s second child, named Zion.

Forsett and his wife had been en route to a Lauryn Hill concert on Valentine’s Day when the couple’s second child decided to make a surprising early appearance.

The running back had sent out a message earlier Saturday via his official Twitter account asking folks what they had planned for Valentine’s Day. Later, he took to social media to provide an update how things went from easygoing to frantic in the matter of moments.

“Thought we were going to celebrate Valentine’s Day but ended up celebrating the birth of our 2nd baby boy! Welcome to the word Zion! Love u,” Forsett wrote on Twitter.

“My wife and I were headed to see Lauryn Hill in concert tonight,” he added. “We knew we were going to name our son Zion. Hill has a song called To Zion.”

Forsett followed up those tweets with an extremely understated summation of his day. “Crazy,” he wrote. Indeed, to put it mildly.

Little Zion and mother were resting comfortably when Forsett posted the below photograph to Instagram.

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“S/O to my wife @michellekole it took her 4hrs from start to finish to deliver our son Zion. I thought I was going to have to deliver the baby myself in the car on the way to the Birthing Center it happened so fast last night. Driving in that snow storm definitely added a different element to the experience as well but it all worked out. Best Valentines Day Gift ever! So Glad to have Zion J. Forsett home!” he wrote.

As noted by The Washington Post‘s Des Bieler, Hill’s concert was in D.C. on Saturday night and the region experienced a sudden snowstorm during the day, meaning an already-stressful labor-related incident became that much more harrowing thanks to the whims of Old Man Winter. A crazy Valentine’s Day, indeed.

(image credit: The Baltimore Sun)