The miracle of life is beautiful, especially when the circumstances are crazy. 

Samantha Hoover was relaxing at home when she suddenly had contractions and realized the baby was coming as she was walking to her car. Her sister called 911 and thankfully they pulled over in the car.

“I was so scared and in so much pain. But knew I had to start pushing,” Hoover said.

Then the miracle happened. 

At 5:56 p.m. Nov. 19, Travis Bateman received the call for the baby crowning in a car pulled over on McKenzie County Road 30 about 6 miles south of Arnegard.


And at 6:06 p.m., after two minutes on scene, he delivered Samantha Hoover’s daughter, Everly, in the front passenger seat of Hoover’s sister-in-law’s car, with a 911 dispatcher giving instructions by phone.

“I basically should have had a catcher’s mitt,” Bateman said. “Here she was, and she started crying.”

According to the Bismarck Tribune

Arnegard Police Chief Troy White Owl said Bateman’s delivery is a first for the two-person police department serving the town of 150 residents just west of Watford City in North Dakota's oil patch.


Bateman finished by saying that this delivery “trumps everything" he has experienced in law enforcement in the last 10 years. 

These stories are great to hear about how life throws us curveballs and how bravely we react to them. 

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