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04th Jan 2018

This mum’s birth story is one of the most dramatic we’ve ever heard

Thankfully, everyone was OK.

Anna O'Rourke

Don’t try this at home.

Labour is a pretty dramatic event for many parents – the panic, the rush to get to hospital, the concerns over what might go wrong – but one US mum’s birth story pretty much takes the biscuit for high drama, not to mention recklessness.

Expectant mum Tiffani Von Glahn found herself in a pretty tense situation late on New Year’s Eve when her journey to deliver her baby turned into a police car chase.

Tiffani went into labour three weeks early that night and her partner Carl Alewine decided to put the foot down in order to get to hospital in Charleston, South Carolina as quickly as possible.

This mum's birth story is one of the most dramatic we've ever heard

He hit a speed of between 90 and 95 mph (around 144 to 152 kmh) and was soon pursued by a police car, which attempted to get the couple to pull over, they told local station WCBD.

Knowing hers was a high-risk pregnancy, Tiffani told Carl not to stop the car as she could feel the baby coming but they soon had plenty of company on the road.

“I look back and there’s like 20 police cars, and they had the exits blocked off and everything,” said Tiffani.

“Eventually it got to where they had to box us in to stop us.”

Carl was handcuffed as the police didn’t initially believe his story but after looking at Tiffani, they realised what was going on.


The officers had to then take charge and the couple’s baby, a little girl they named Anastasia, was born there and then on the side of the road.

She arrived into the world just after midnight as fireworks filled the sky and despite the risk of complications, both mother and baby are said to be doing well.