Submitted Ezra Perdue was born on Nov. 5 in a moving car in the Bethpage area.

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Ezra Perdue was born on Nov. 5 in a moving car in the Bethpage area.

As she prepared to give birth her second child, Elizabeth Alred was already familiar with the delivery process.

However, Alred didn't realize that she was familiar with conducting the delivery.

That's exactly what happened three weeks ago as Alred's son, Ezra, came into the world in a moving car in Bethpage.

"The only thing different is that on the birth certificate, it's my name down for the delivery," Alred said.

The day began with Alred visiting her obstetrician.

"I had an appointment that morning, and the doctor sent me to the hospital," Alred said. "I was 37 weeks (pregnant). I knew that whole day I was in labor. I was sitting there dilated to five. The hospital told me I was a four and sent me home. I was contracting. They just weren't strong enough.

"We all get home and get settled, and then, I start full-blown labor."

So, Alred -- along with her boyfriend, Cody Perdue -- started back to Gallatin's Sumner Regional Medical Center.

"We all get ready and head back to the hospital, and my water breaks," Alred said. "I had no concept of where we were. My boyfriend had called my mom and told her that my water had broke, and we weren't even at Westside (in the western portion of Macon County).

"I'm trying to my best to hold it all together and praying that we get to hospital. My water broke around Westside. We get on (Highway) 31 toward Bethpage, and my body starts acting weird. I told Cody, 'He's about to be here.' "

As Perdue picked up speed in an attempt to arrive at the hospital in time, Alred found herself in an emergency situation.

"We're going about 90 (miles per hour)," Alred said. "Cody calls my dad, and daddy says, 'Go, go, go.' Then, we lost service, because we were in Bethpage. I told Cody that we either meet 911 somewhere, or you freakin floor it.

"We have our flashers on of course. We were laying on the horn. People would not move. They were blocking us in and would not let us get around them. If people would have moved, we would have gotten there in time."

However, Ezra came quickly.

"I had pushed myself up in the seat," Alred said. "I pushed once and felt Ezra's head. I laid back and pushed and felt his shoulders come out. I told Cody, 'He's here.' Cody had turned the light on in the car, and I was pulling him out of me. I had wrapped him in my pajama bottoms. I had pulled the cord out and laid him over my chest. I kept my hand over his chest and his stomach to feel his heart and to feel him breathing."

Alred admitted to knowing what to do since she had already given birth to Ezra's 14-month-old sister, Violet.

"Once he started coming out, I was scared," Alred said. "I don't just go around and deliver babies. At that point, it wasn't about me anymore. My body was starting to naturally push. I knew that if I fought my body that it would stress him out. I knew to push. I knew to get his head and his shoulders out. I knew to get the cord out and to wrap him up. That's what I did."

Alred said that both she and Perdue remained relatively calm throughout the process.

"(Cody) did really good," Alred said. "We didn't have time to be scared. In my mind, he's coming ... there's nothing I can do about it.

"The only thing that was on our minds was Ezra breathing, Ezra being okay and us making it to the hospital. We weren't screaming or anything, but we were definitely scared because so much could have happened. We had a bunch of angels in the back seat that night."

After the fact, Alred recalled a conversation that she had earlier in the day.

"It was so ironic," Alred said. "That day in the doctor's office, (another pregnant lady) didn't know if she wanted a natural birth or an epidural. I told her that she was crazy, that she wanted an epidural.

"Little did I know ... I didn't even make it to the hospital. It was insane. It was crazy."

When they arrived at Sumner Regional, the reaction of the hospital personnel was urgent.

"We pull up at the emergency side of the hospital, and I tell him (Perdue) to run in because Ezra was getting cold," Alred said. "The receptionist couldn't wrap her head around it. She's saying, 'Is she in labor?' Cody is like, 'No, the baby is in her arms.'

"About 8-10 nurses ran out with a bed. They put me on the bed and took us on and got him taken care of. He needed just a little bit of oxygen. They had to warm him up. We couldn't have him until his body was a certain temperature."

Both the mother and baby were healthy. They came home three days later.

"I'm fine," Alred said. "That night, I tried to walk to my room. I had no recovery at all. I had no stiches. I was walking around that night, and he's doing as perfect as a newborn could be ... my car is stained though."

Relating the events of that day left some individuals finding it hard to believe.

"At first, nobody believed us," Alred said. "We had to have the nurse tell them ... 'Yeah, she just delivered in the car.' I still had my shirt on. I had Cody take a picture. On Facebook, there's a picture of me in a bloody shirt. That's how we let people know that it really did happen.

"People are shocked. They are amazed. One of the nurses shook my hand. At the same time, a lot of people are really proud."

Perdue borrowed some cleaning supplies in order to clean the inside of the car in the hospital parking lot.

Ezra's birth certificate is different than most. He was born near Bethpage store, officially at 6:20 p.m. ... though that time is approximate based on what Perdue and Alred could decipher.

"It still hasn't really sunk in," Alred said. "I'm 21 ... that's not part of my bucket list, but I'll cross it off."