Baby born on the side of Highway 40 in Montreal

A brand new Montrealer entered the world this morning in a rather unusual place.

Mother, baby boy doing well

Manolo Ambrosio De Leon's wife and baby are loaded into an ambulance on Highway 40 this morning. (Submitted by Manolo Ambrosio Leon)

A brand new Montrealer entered the world this morning in a rather unusual place.

The baby, a healthy boy, was delivered by his father in a car on the side of Highway 40.

"We were at home, and my wife started with contractions at 3 o'clock," Manolo Ambrosio De Leon told CBC's Daybreak.

"We took the decision to go to the hospital. When we were on the Metropolitan, my wife told me, ‘Listen, stop the car because the baby is here. I feel the baby.'"

The baby boy was delivered before emergency help arrived. (Submitted by Manolo Ambrosio Leon)

De Leon pulled over near the Stinson Street exit in St-Laurent and called 911 at around 4 a.m.

"It was incredible," he said. "My wife was very surprised, and we didn’t know how to do it. We called 911, and they explained what to do."

Leon said the baby was born quickly. He tied off the umbilical cord with his shoelace. It was another five minutes before help arrived.

When ambulance technicians and police got to the scene, they were shocked to find the baby in his mother's arms, Leon said.

"Everybody was very surprised. They didn’t know what happened. My baby was born here. My wife delivered it. Everybody was surprised," he said.

The family was taken by ambulance to St. Mary’s hospital.

The baby, who was named Bendiam Manolo De Leon, was the second for the couple.

The first, De Leon said, took much longer.

Mother and baby are resting in hospital and doing well.