When a pregnant Elizabeth Lynch woke up at 4 a.m. today with strong contractions, she wasn’t sure there was time to make it the hospital.
“She was skeptical at that point … but we gave it a shot, and obviously we didn’t make it,” said her husband, Dan Lynch.
Instead Lynch, a captain with the Evanston Fire Department, pulled off of the Edens Expressway and assisted as his wife gave birth to their fifth child, Mary Margaret Lynch, in their car.
Dan Lynch said his wife had started feeling strong contractions Thursday night and he had called his mother to come look after their other four children in their Edison Park home.
But then the contractions subsided, he said, so Elizabeth decided to rest for a while.
When she woke up and said she thought the baby was coming soon, the couple headed for the hospital but only got as far as the Touhy Avenue exit on the expressway. Dan Lynch called 911 and pulled over onto the shoulder.
“That was pretty much it. That baby was ready to go there,” said Dan Lynch, 32. “I opened the door for some light because it was pretty dark out. It was a good catch.”
He has never delivered a baby before but has had some training on it.
“I just focused on what I had to do, I guess,” he said. Baby and mother were taken to Evanston NorthShore Hospital.
“Me and my wife got very lucky, but everybody’s doing fine,” Lynch added. “It’s not the most ideal circumstances, but it turned out great. I’m glad to have my fifth child healthy. I have five healthy children now and we’ve decided not to have any more. So it was save the best story for last.”