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Mom gives birth in backseat of car

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GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) -- Nickolas Martin was set to get rid of his nine-year-old car, but now, it has sentimental value. It's where his son was born.

Krystin Martin was due July first, but had been at Gaston Memorial Hospital several times over the past ten days with contractions. Each time, doctors sent her back home. After an overnight stay last weekend, the hospital sent the Gastonia couple home early Sunday morning to get some rest.

Three hours later, Krystin told Nickolas they needed to go back. Nickolas was hoping to get a police escort to the hospital, but he never made it that far. Krystin told him the baby's head was coming out.

Nickolas drove into a restaurant parking lot more than two miles from the hospital. As a 911 dispatcher gave him instructions for delaying the birth, Krystin had one more contraction and the baby came out. Mother and baby are reported to be doing fine.

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