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baby on boardFor the last two weeks I have been on holiday in Tenerife. I was only planning to log-in to the internet at the hotel a couple of times throughout the two weeks, in an attempt to have an unplugged, relaxing holiday. When I did log-in I noticed this gem of a story and decided to save it for when I returned.

A traffic jam that developed last Monday at the end of the afternoon on the A12 towards Zoetermeer, was caused by a birth on the motorway.

The parents, Diana and Tom Smith from The Hague, were on their way to Zoetermeer because the Bronovo Hospital was full. During the journey it became clear that they were not going to make it to the hospital and their daughter, Juliet, was born on the motorway.

But the best bit of the story is that new dad Tom then went onto Twitter to offer his apologies for the delays: “Dear motorists: sorry for the delay on the A12 towards Zoetermeer. My daughter wanted to be born! Mother and daughter are doing well!”

Congratulations to Tom, Diana and Juliet!


About the author: Heather Tucker


Heather is a writer, photographer and explorer of the world with bylines in Porthole Cruise Magazine, Taste&Travel International, Holland.com, and ACCESS Magazine, amongst others. She is addicted to pen, paper, hotels, organisation and hippos. In addition to Cloggie Central, you can find her over at Travel Gluttons.


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