The couple hoped they'd make it to the hospital in Salt Lake City 25 minutes away before delivering.
But the baby had other plans.
Around 1:30 am last Thursday, Angela Heinemann started having contractions at home. It was a week before her baby was due.
“I started having contractions and they were like 2-3 minutes apart, they were so fast,” she said.
Angela and her husband Jeff hopped in the car and headed down the pass to University Hospital.
“I said to him I don't think I’m going to make it,” said Angela. “I had a contraction, water broke, and Matthew’s head was right there coming out, so my husband just reached out and felt the head.”
Angela's husband, an anesthesiologist, knew what to do.
“I just remember being in a little bit of shock as Matthew was coming out and my husband removed the umbilical chord it was around his neck,” she said. “He knew to hold the baby lower than the placenta those kinds of things you get when you're in medical training.”
“The 911 operator said to make sure to tie off the umbilical chord and so my husband handed me his shoe and I untied the shoe lace and tied the umbilical chord off,” she said.
Angela says she owes her calm state that morning to her husband, but both were relieved when paramedics arrived.
Back at home now, mom is just grateful her son was born healthy even if it wasn't on her terms.
“He's a sweet, healthy baby,” she said. “If I didn't tell you I had the baby in the car you would never had known.”