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Woman nearly gives birth in hospital parking lot

Woman nearly gives birth in hospital parking lot

Newnan, Ga. – Velinda Braxton had no reason to believe her third pregnancy would be any different from her first two. In both of those pregnancies, labor had to be induced. So when Braxton woke up Thursday – just five days before her due date – with back-to-back contractions, she knew something wasn’t right.

“I said to myself, ‘hold on…something’s wrong,’” said Braxton. “The [contractions] just started coming quicker and quicker. I didn’t expect it to happen so fast because the day before, I really wasn’t contracting as much.”

Braxton called her mother who told her panicked daughter to call an ambulance. She didn’t heed that advice immediately. Instead, Braxton tried to relax but soon, her water broke. As her brother rushed over to take care of her children, an ambulance made its way to her home in Palmetto, Ga., for the 40-minute race to Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

Piedmont's first babies of 2014 receive savings accounts

Piedmont's first babies of 2014 receive savings accounts

(WXIA) -- Delta Community Credit Union has opened $500 savings accounts for the first babies born at each Piedmont hospital in the new year.

The very first Piedmont baby of 2014 was Ethan Damien Ramos, who was born Jan. 1 at 1:04 a.m. at Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville. Ethan weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. His proud parents are Irani Ramos and Jose DeJesus Huizar.

Lorielle Johnson was born Jan. 1 at 2:16 a.m. at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge, to Surrell Porter and Terrence Johnson. Baby Lorielle weighed 7 pounds 5.5 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Piedmont Atlanta Hospital's first baby of 2014 was born just before 7 a.m. on the first of the year. Avonlea Mackowski weighed 7 pounds 1 ounce. Her parents are Amelia and Ross Mackowski.

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

ATLANTA -- Whether you're taking children trick-or-treating or simply trying to get home at the end of a long workday, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants you to be safe this Halloween.

GDOT is offering advice for both drivers and pedestrians as the streets fill with young ghosts and goblins this evening.

Drivers are asked to slow down when entering neighborhoods and school zones. Reduce the number of distractions in the car, like phones and music, and take an extra second to look for children on medians and curbs.

GDOT also recommends driving with headlights on; that makes it easier to spot children from far away.

Young trick-or-treaters should look left, right and left again while trying to cross the street. They should also always stay on sidewalks or paths, and should not dart into the road or try to cross it from between parked cars.

It is recommended that children wear reflective tape or apply it to their trick-or-treat bags.

IHOP offering free Scary Face pancakes on Halloween

IHOP offering free Scary Face pancakes on Halloween

(WXIA) -- The arrival of autumn means different things to different people. For IHOP's youngest customers, it signifies something delicious: a Scary Face pancake.

Scary Face pancakes are available for the entire month of October and are free on Halloween.

"We're excited to bring back one of our most requested holiday promotions, the Scary Face pancake," IHOP vice president of marketing Natalia Franco said in a statement.

The restaurant chain's popular Halloween dish includes one buttermilk pancake, a mouth made from whipped topping, a glazed strawberry nose, mini Oreo cookies for eyes and eight pieces of candy corn to be used as teeth.

Adults don't have to be left out of the Halloween fun; IHOP's famous pumpkin pancakes will also return to the menu in October.

Find your nearest IHOP location at ihop.com.

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.

O'Charley's offering free pie for Mother's Day

O'Charley's offering free pie for Mother's Day

(WXIA) -- In honor of Mother's Day, all O'Charley's locations will offer free slices of pie to mothers who eat at the restaurants on Sunday, May 12.

Mothers can choose from among Ooey-Gooey Caramel Pie, Country Apple Pie, Double-Crust Peach Pie, French Silk Pie and Southern Pecan Pie.

"All of us at O'Charley's are thrilled to offer these exclusive pies to hardworking moms across the country," O'Charley's president Mickey Mills said in a statement. "We look at this as an opportunity to welcome moms to take the day off and enjoy a fresh piece of pie and a sincere 'thank you' from us."

Visit ocharleys.com to find your nearest restaurant.

Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

In support and partnership with The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Life & Relationship Strategist, Author and Speaker,Kenny Pugh (http://www.kennypugh.com) will launch Abstinence Matters