Nurses call this newborn the 'Tesla Baby' after mom gave birth while the car was in autopilot

  • 25 Dec - 31 Dec, 2021
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A Pennsylvania baby made quite a memorable entrance into the world when she arrived in the front seat of her parents' Yiran and Keating Sherry’s Tesla while the car was on autopilot. Back on September 9, before Maeve made her wild entrance, Yiran started having contractions in the middle of the night. By 8:30 a.m., as Yiran was doing laundry and getting Rafa for preschool, things started to progress so Keating said he felt it was time to take his wife to the hospital. Since they were driving a Tesla, Keating decided to put the car on autopilot, which allowed him to focus more on his wife, while still keeping his hand gently on the wheel. Though the ride from their home in Wayne to Paoli Hospital only took 20 minutes, their daughter could not wait any longer. Nurses were quick to rush to the scene, where they cut Yiran's umbilical cord in the front seat. The couple ended up naming their daughter Maeve after a character in the novel, The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett, which they both read during quarantine. Her middle name, Lily, was in honor of Yiran's mother – though they did joke to the Inquirer about changing it to Tess, as a nod to the vehicle she made her debut inside.