Woman goes into labor during Obama acceptance speech

November 5, 2008 8:55:12 PM PST
Tuesday night is certainly one for the history books.It's also a night a Chicago couple will never forget but for a different reason!

Erin and Mawi Asgedom welcomed their son, Sawyer, into the world early Wednesday morning. They started the evening at Barack Obama's rally in Grant Park. But halfway through Obama's acceptance speech, Erin went into labor.

"Before we went, we realized that our contractions were about seven minutes apart. We decided to take the risk and witness something that was very historic," said mom Erin Asgedom.

"I feel like I've had the best 12 hours one can have. I got to witness a momentous moment in the history of democracy, Barack Obama, and then now I have my son here, who can be anyone he wants to be," said dad Mawi Asgedom.

The couple walked nearly a mile to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, taking breaks along the way.


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