Dodgers’ catcher’s wife delivers baby in car

Published On October 31, 2012 | By Karoline Zacharer

For Dodger’s catcher A.J. Ellis, his drive to Milwaukee Memorial Hospital on Tuesday is one he won’t soon forget. When Ellis’ wife, Cindy, went into labor, he got her into the car so they could drive to the hospital. Halfway through the 30-minute drive, Cindy gave birth to a girl, whom they named Audrey Elizabeth.

Yes, she gave birth right there in the front seat of the car. reports that A.J. hadn’t been present for the births of either one of his two other children due to his baseball schedule. Both of those times, Cindy’s labor had lasted several hours.

“I can tell my other two kids exactly where they were born, with Audrey, the best I can say is that it was between mile marker 42 and 43ish, not really sure. Or, place of birth — a Toyota Camry.” said Ellis.

He also explained his classic about-to-become-a-father panic that set in during his mad dash to get to the hospital.

“Her eyes were wide open looking at me, on a panic scale of 1 to 10, I had been about a 15. That brought me down to about a nine. It was really cool seeing her eyes open.”

Ellis said that he was concerned about complications with the delivery, especially since it was on the road and there had been issues with his other two children.

“Our other two kids were born with umbilical cords around their neck. That was my biggest fear. That we’d have a complication and we’re in a car and not a hospital.”

It’s a remarkable story, and it’s heart-warming to know that the whole family is recovering nicely. Little Audrey is quite a nice treat this Halloween for the Ellis family.

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Karoline Zacharer is a senior at Bridgewater State University majoring in communications. For the past four years, she has covered everything from football to women's lacrosse as a reporter for BSU's Bears Sports Network. She has also written minor league baseball news for You can follow Karoline on Twitter at @KarolineZ.