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Baby born in parking lot

Rochester, N.Y. - Less than a day old, one newborn baby will have quite the story to tell about his parents' wild ride that ended with his birth at a Rochester bowling alley.

Exactly one week before her due date, Olivia Morgante said, "I felt the baby coming, there was no stopping him, he was coming whether I liked it or not."

Around 4 a.m. Saturday, Olivia and her husband Jeremy shot out of bed and jumped into the car to head to the hospital. Her water broke on the way out the door.

"I got the window down because the only thing that was making me feel better was the cold air on my face and I'm screaming at the top of my lungs," Olivia said.

Jeremy told his wife to buckle up and he tried to speed to the hospital but got caught on Ridgeway Avenue.

"We were behind a couple cars that are going so slow, there's like two cars going 30 miles an hour and I'm like of course you would doing this right now be right now," Jeremy said.

Just five minutes after they left their home, 2.5 miles from the hospital, they ran out of time.

"All of the sudden she scream this noise that this world has never heard before, this thing was ungodly this noise" Jeremy said.

Panicked, Jeremy pulled in the first parking lot he saw, Terrace Gardens Lanes. The baby was coming.

"That was the scariest moment of my entire life, hands down," Jeremy said. "I went to the worst possible place in my mind and all I could think was he's got to get out, we got to get him out he can't breathe."

Jeremy called 911 but as soon as the call went through, another contraction came. Jeremy said, "So I dropped my phone and he came right out, and it was absolutely amazing that moment was such a relief, just incredible."

With the hard part over, the 911 dispatcher talked them through the rest. The car heater on high, Jeremy used his shoe lace to tie off the umbilical cord, wrapped the baby in his shirt and held his newborn son for the very first time - in the parking lot of a bowling alley.

Olivia said, "He's has several nicknames ever since then and plenty of people are getting out their bowling jokes, are they an 8 pounder, a 10 pounder."

Weighing in at 7 pounds, 14 ounces, the baby boy was given a real name by the time emergency responders arrived, Jude Kellner Morgante.

"So all the guys in the car started singing 'Hey Jude' as we're driving to the hospital," Olivia said with a laugh.

Grateful for the musical number and so much more, Olivia had this to say to everyone who helped her and her growing family early that morning. "They were so helpful and they all stayed calm and that was exactly what we needed because we were the furthest thing from calm. They were all so caring and reassuring, thank you so much."

Less than an hour after she went into labor, Olivia finally made it to Unity Hospital with baby Jude already in her arms. "Thank God he is perfectly fine and we're safe and healthy and he is here."

This is the couple's fourth child. They said Jude will either be the most stubborn of the bunch or this was all fate. Jeremy proposed to Olivia at a restaurant on Ridgeway Avenue, not far from the bowling alley.

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Washington Times