By Addie Costello
Flatwater Free Press 

Roadside babies, dangerous births part of risk in small town Nebraska


August 11, 2022

Laura Beahm | Flatwater Free Press

Quick delivery • Jasmine Gutschow gave birth to her son Raiden, Nov. 15, 2021, in an ambulance speeding toward Kearney. The two are pictured in their town of Franklin on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Jasmine Gutschow felt nauseous when she woke up a few days before Thanksgiving last year. She brushed it off as typical pregnancy symptoms. She told her fiance he should head into work – the baby, not due for six more weeks, wouldn't be coming anytime soon.

Three hours later, after her contractions started, after they sped for the hospital, after their 2003 Chevy Tahoe broke down, after her contractions quickened to every two minutes and Gutschow's fiance frantically dialed 911, it had become crystal clear that this baby had other ideas.

Gutschow sat curled in the passenger seat on the...

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