Baby born on I-270 in Germantown

      A woman gave birth along I-270 in Germantown. (Photo: WJLA)

      It probably wasn't the ideal place to deliver a baby, but authorities report a woman gave birth in a vehicle{}along the southbound lanes of I-270 in Germantown Thursday morning.

      The woman gave birth to a girl at I-270 near Route 118. Authorities say the woman and baby were transferred to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.

      "She was a term delivery, a midwife patient trying to stay at home as long as possible," says Amber Richter, clinical nurse manager at Shady Grove Hospital. "She wanted a natural birth and she got a natural birth."

      It wasn't the mother's first delivery but definitely one that will always stand out.

      The woman began experiencing labor pains at about 6:15 a.m. and contacted authorities.

      The family of three is doing well.

      The birth comes just two weeks after a woman had a baby inside the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station. But hospital officials say an unplanned birth outside of a hospital is not as rare as you may think.

      "It's actually not super unusual," Richter says. "We get about half a dozen babies born outside of a hospital each year."