Woman gives birth on I-270 in Maryland

Atticus Robert Nolan was born on the side of the freeway at 5:30 a.m. Friday morning. (Courtesy Photo)

(WJLA) - Atticus Robert Nolan has a nice set of lungs – a feature he was in a rush to share with his parents on Friday, five days before his due date.

“He was very ready,” says Ann Nolan, now a mother of three. She woke up at 4:30 a.m., took a shower, and knew it was time. But on their way to Shady Grove Hospital, Atticus threw a wrench in the plans.

“I said to him, 'I think something is happening, I feel something,' and he cut across three lanes of traffic to the side of the road."

John sprang into action and helped Ann deliver Atticus in the front passenger seat of their car on the side of I-270.

Dispatcher: What just happened?

John: My wife just gave birth.

Dispatcher: She already delivered the baby?

John: She already delivered the baby. The baby is screaming and crying and she has him on her chest right now.{ }

"It's a pretty harrowing experience at the time," said father John Nolan.

Now at Shady Grove Hospital, the nine-pound, seven-ounce baby is in great shape.

"John did an awesome job, did everything perfectly -- mom and baby are perfect," said clinical nurse manager, Amber Richter.

And though Atticus is the first child John has delivered, it’s actually not the first birth:

"I grew up on a farm. We didn't call the vet to come out and birth our animals...we took care of it ourselves."

But he says his wife deserves the credit.

"It was really all her work -- I just caught him!"

"I'm very proud, very happy, we're all here safe and blessed and everything went just so well," said Ann.

And though Atticus’ arrival brought traffic to a standstill this morning, Ann says that’s just a sign of things to come for her adorable son:

"He'll stop more traffic!" she laughs.